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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes two lung conditions—chronic bronchitis and emphysema. More than 12 million people in the United States have COPD (and COPD is the fourth leading cause of death), but another 12 million have COPD without knowing it.

COPD Journey

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD symptoms are sometimes dismissed as a 'smoker's cough.' (About 50% to 90% of COPD cases are thought to be due to smoking.) The more you know about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of COPD, the better your chances of preventing COPD.


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    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A combination treatment using the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may greatly reduce death and hospitalization from an incurable lung disease that mainly affects women, a new clinical trial shows. Cialis combined with a blood pressure medication called ambrisentan (Letairis) significantly reduced the progression of pulmonary arterial [...]

  • No Evidence to Support Widespread Screening for COPD: Experts

    MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a serious disease that impairs breathing — is the third leading cause of death in the United States. But an influential government panel says there’s as yet no evidence to support screening for COPD in adults with no symptoms. In a draft [...]

  • Poorly Maintained Plumbing Often Leads to Legionnaires’ Disease, CDC Says

    THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As New York City struggles to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, two new U.S. government reports show the bacteria that causes the potentially deadly illness can take root in a myriad of water sources. Those sources can include poorly maintained hot tubs, water fountains and cooling towers, [...]

  • Vaccine Combo Shows Promise Against Common, Dangerous Infection

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that’s a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the elderly. Two new studies of the same vaccine [...]

  • NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak May Be Slowing

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The ongoing outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City is showing signs of slowing, city health chief Dr. Mary Bassett said Friday. In a statement, the head of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said that there have been no [...]

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