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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.


  • Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients

    TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Living near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises lung transplant patients’ risk of organ rejection and death, but some antibiotics lower that risk, a new study shows. Researchers examined data gathered from more than 5,700 lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013. The [...]

  • Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids: Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who have their tonsils removed to treat sleep apnea are more likely to suffer breathing complications than kids who have the procedure for other reasons, a new review shows. Researchers found that across 23 studies, about 9 percent of children undergoing a tonsillectomy developed breathing [...]

  • Heating, Cooking Are Top Contributors to Air-Pollution Deaths Worldwide

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While traffic exhaust and power plant emissions are the leading causes of air pollution deaths in the United States, that’s not the case worldwide, a new study reports. Instead, smoke spewing from wood-burning stoves, and ammonia wafting from fertilizer and manure are the world’s two biggest [...]

  • Air Pollution Exposure May Boost Risk of Early Death

    TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breathing in tiny particles of toxic chemicals from the air could lead to an increased risk of premature death, a large new study suggests. “Our data add to a growing body of evidence that particulate matter is really harmful to health, increasing overall mortality, mostly deaths from cardiovascular [...]

  • Impotence Drug May Help Fight Rare Lung Disease: Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A combination treatment that includes the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may reduce death and hospitalization from an incurable lung disease that mainly affects women, a new clinical trial shows. When combined with a blood pressure medication called ambrisentan (Letairis), a high dosage [...]

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