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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

  • Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

    MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study. “The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not [...]

  • Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection

    THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common. Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by those scans are malignant or not, researchers say. The test, which [...]

  • Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea

    TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two troublesome adult breathing issues — asthma and sleep apnea — may have a connection, a new study suggests. Adults who struggle with asthma face an increased risk for also developing the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, the new research reveals. The finding stems from the long-term [...]

  • Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people’s risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new laboratory study has found. Lung tissue samples from deceased children appeared to suffer damage when exposed to e-cigarette vapor in the laboratory, researchers reported in a [...]

  • Cancer Groups Urge More Regulation of E-Cigarettes

    THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The potential health hazards of e-cigarettes remain unclear, and more regulation on their use is needed, say two groups representing cancer researchers and specialists. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) together issued a list of recommendations on Thursday aimed at [...]

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