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 Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking daily walks of at least two miles can reduce hospitalizations from severe episodes of a life-threatening breathing disorder, new research suggests. Scientists found that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients without regular walking regimens had about twice the rate of hospitalizations triggered by the condition [...]
TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists looking for the origin of the MERS virus, which has infected at least 182 people since 2012, have found that it is widespread among camels in Saudi Arabia. A new study revealed MERS is particularly prevalent among young camels and has been around for at least [...]
If you want to avoid the very worst of the flu, get a flu shot. That simple message is hammered home in a new study from Duke University Medical Center that found virtually all of the people with influenza who ended up in intensive care earlier this flu season had chosen not to get the annual flu vaccine.
SATURDAY, Feb. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although many people use indoor and outdoor wood heaters to save money on fuel costs, burning wood to stay warm during the cold winter months might not be cost-efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency also cautioned that smoke from older wood stoves might pose [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adults who were born prematurely and had breathing problems after birth might still have breathing issues in adulthood, according to a small new study. However, the problems might become evident only in situations in which oxygen levels are lower than normal, such as traveling to a [...]