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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

  • More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds. When [...]

  • Work-Related Asthma Affects Millions of U.S. Adults: CDC

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wheezing and coughing on the job from work-related asthma is more common than you might think, according to a new U.S. health report. Almost 16 percent of American adults with asthma either developed the condition on the job or have asthma symptoms made worse by conditions [...]

  • Could Household Bleach Raise Kids’ Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

    THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes — bleach — might increase children’s risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests. The effect was modest and the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers said that because millions of homes use bleach or products [...]

  • Home Oxygen Raises Burn Risk for COPD Patients

    THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of home oxygen puts patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at risk for burns, a new study indicates. Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for people with the lung disease. But there is a burn risk for patients who smoke, because having a heat or flame source [...]

  • COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The respiratory illness known as COPD takes a toll on mobility and employment, with a new report finding that nearly one-quarter of Americans with the condition are unable to work. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder — a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema often tied to smoking — [...]

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