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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

  • Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Shows Some Promise in Study

    THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has for the first time shown slight but significant benefit on lung function, new British research reveals. In a randomized trial, patients inhaled molecules of DNA that aimed to replace the defective gene responsible for cystic fibrosis with a healthy, working copy of the [...]

  • Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

    MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). [...]

  • Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home

    THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes with parents who smoke, those parents don’t have smoke-free rules in place for their kids, a new study finds. Having a smoke-free home — where all smoking is done outside — shields children from exposure to secondhand smoke and also cuts [...]

  • Aerobic Exercise Can Help Curb Asthma, Study Shows

    THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Workouts that really get the heart pumping may help ease asthma in people with the respiratory condition, a new Brazilian study finds. Researchers led by Celso Carvalho of the University of Sao Paolo School of Medicine looked at outcomes for 43 people, aged 20 to 59, with moderate to [...]

  • Soy Supplements Won’t Ease Asthma, Study Finds

    TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Despite hints from prior research that soy supplements might help asthma patients breathe easier, a major new study finds the nutrient has no beneficial effect on lung function. “This study highlights why it is so important to perform well-designed, placebo-controlled studies when associations are reported between specific nutrients [...]

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