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COPD

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.

COPD News

  • That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

    THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If you have a cold that lasts a long time or a persistent cough, you could have bronchitis and should see a doctor, a doctor says. “We see a lot of cases of bronchitis at our immediate care centers,” said Dr. Khalilah Babino, an assistant professor of family Medicine [...]

  • Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC Warns

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As more adults and kids head to swimming pools, lakes and the ocean this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. health officials are warning about accidental drownings from underwater breath-holding games and exercises. Whether as horseplay or part of swim training, “dangerous underwater breath-holding behaviors” can lead to [...]

  • Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being poor and living in a rural area are two risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. COPD is a progressive and incurable lung condition that involves a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is often linked to smoking, and is the third [...]

  • Smoking Makes a Comeback in Georgia Bars, Restaurants

    THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While the days of smoke-filled bars and restaurants made be a fading memory in many states, the number of venues where patrons can legally puff away are actually on the rise in Georgia, a new report finds. Under current laws, restaurants and bars in Georgia can allow smoking if [...]

  • Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery

    THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests infants may recover better after some kinds of surgery if they receive local anesthesia — which only numbs part of the body — instead of being “knocked out” completely with general anesthesia. Young patients who had local anesthesia were less likely to suffer from disrupted breathing [...]

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