Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes two lung conditionschronic 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.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD 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.
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young children are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill with pneumonia — but unlike in years past, the cause is usually a respiratory virus, a large U.S. study finds. The researchers found that 66 percent of pneumonia cases in the more than 2,000 children in [...]
SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan may be at risk for lung damage from exposure to dust there, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the composition, mineral content, and bacteria, fungi and virus levels in dust samples collected from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they measured the [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, researchers from the American Cancer Society report. While [...]
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research with mice shows that electronic cigarette vapor weakens the immune system in the lungs and contains some of the same harmful chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes are growing in popularity in the United States, partly because many people think they aren’t as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes, [...]
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Muscles that control breathing require more oxygen in women than in men, a new study has found. The findings could prove important in the treatment of lung disorders, the Canadian researchers said. They tested men and women during exercise and discovered that the muscles needed for breathing — such as [...]