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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

  • Seals, Sea Lions Helped Global Spread of TB, Study Finds

    New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.

  • New Drug May Fight Serious Respiratory Virus in Infants

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of pneumonia in infants, researchers report. “We are finally making major progress in being able to treat human RSV infections — the world’s second leading cause of serious viral pneumonia, second only [...]

  • Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests. Just five out of 100,000 children a year have a stroke in the United States, said [...]

  • Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

    TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help. The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts [...]

  • 3 Common Respiratory Diseases Including Chronic Bronchities Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

    Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report.

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