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.
FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution afflicts many national parks across the United States, a new study suggests. Air quality in some of the parks is as bad or worse than in some major cities because of pollution from sources such as coal-fired power stations, the National Parks Conservation Association says in a [...]
FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have developed a genetic test to quickly detect a respiratory virus that sickened a record number of American children last year. More than 1,000 confirmed cases and 14 reported deaths nationwide were reported in the outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control [...]
While overall smoking rates are falling in the United States, a new study points to one exception: Young women who often opt for “very light” smoking.
THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has for the first time shown slight but significant benefit on lung function, new British research reveals. In a randomized trial, patients inhaled molecules of DNA that aimed to replace the defective gene responsible for cystic fibrosis with a healthy, working copy of the [...]
MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). [...]