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.
New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report.