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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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    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Legionnaires’ disease — the respiratory illness that plagued New York City in an outbreak last summer — is typically thought to develop when people breathe in contaminated mist or water droplets. However, a case that occurred in the fall of 2014 in Portugal suggests that the often deadly bacterial [...]

  • Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

    TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) — which is often related to smoking — includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of [...]

  • Chemical That Can Irritate Lungs Found in Flavored E-Cigarettes

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly ones that taste like cherry, are likely inhaling a chemical that can irritate their airways, a new study suggests. “It might be the case that if the user of an electronic cigarette experiences some side effects, like coughing, it might be [...]

  • Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends. Substance abuse and suicide rates among white adults ages 45 to 54 have risen, but not enough to explain [...]

  • Higher Fiber Intake May Improve Lung Function

    THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Eating a fiber-rich diet may help protect you against lung disease, a new study suggests. “Lung disease is an important public health problem, so it’s important to identify modifiable risk factors for prevention,” study author Corrine Hanson, an associate professor of medical nutrition at the University of Nebraska [...]

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