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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.


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    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Infant deaths linked to crib bumpers have spiked in recent years in the United States, leading researchers to urge a ban on the padded bedding accessories. Bumper-related crib deaths tripled from 2006 to 2012, compared with other seven-year stretches over the last quarter century, the study [...]

  • Arsenic Exposure in Womb Linked to Respiratory Risks in Babies

    MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies exposed to high levels of arsenic in the womb are at increased risk for infections and respiratory symptoms in their first year of life, a new study suggests. Researchers measured levels of arsenic in 412 pregnant women in New Hampshire whose homes had private wells. For a year [...]

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  • Certain Antibiotic Might Combat Children’s Wheezing Episodes

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Quickly clobbering a cold with a certain antibiotic might help kids who are prone to severe respiratory tract infections, a new study suggests. Doctors generally are advised not to prescribe antibiotics for routine viruses like the common cold. But for especially vulnerable children, one antibiotic in [...]

  • Carbon Monoxide Levels in Breath Might Point to Stroke Risk

    SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seemingly healthy adults who exhale high levels of carbon monoxide may be at increased risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the body. According to the researchers, prior studies have linked high exhaled levels of carbon monoxide to an increased risk of [...]

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