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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

  • Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Unneeded Antibiotics in the Afternoon

    Doctors are more likely to prescribe unnecessary antibiotics for respiratory infections as the day progresses, a new study finds.

  • Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical Tied to Breathing Ills in Kids

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans — known as bisphenol A, or BPA — may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say. In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and their children, researchers found that each 10-fold [...]

  • Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

    TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study. The study involved more than 7,000 employed adults in Germany. Between 2009 and 2011, during the economic downturn in Europe, the workers answered questions about the respiratory disorder and also on [...]

  • Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Coupled with worldwide marches demanding action on climate change, a new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the United States may soon exacerbate many existing health risks. Heat stroke, cardiac arrest and other heat-related illnesses are expected to increase as the number [...]

  • Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination drug therapy aimed at opening the airways and reducing inflammation appears to be the best treatment for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially those with asthma, a new study finds. COPD patients who received a combination of long-acting beta agonists [...]

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