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 Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Strapping an oxygen mask to someone suffering a heart attack might make their heart attack worse, new research suggests. Heart attack victims treated with oxygen endured 25 to 30 percent more heart damage than patients not given oxygen, said lead investigator Dr. Dion Stub, an interventional [...]
TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you’d kept on smoking. “This study is [...]
THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns. Nearly 23 percent of high school students use tobacco products, and more than 90 percent of [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found. The Tdap vaccine doesn’t increase an expecting mothers’ risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight newborns, or the serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, said [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some cigar smokers may believe they face less health risk than if they were smoking cigarettes, but a new study casts doubt on that notion. Researchers say that cigar smokers are exposed to high levels of cancer-causing agents and other toxic substances, which suggests that the habit is as [...]