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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

  • MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn

    TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says. The findings show the need for further studies to determine if Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) can be transmitted through the air, the researchers [...]

  • Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs’ Harms

    SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many young adults don’t realize that using hookahs can harm their health, a new study reveals. Hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this study found that many young adults believe the water pipes are a [...]

  • Obesity May Raise Risk of COPD

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese people, particularly those with excess belly fat, may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study suggests. The researchers report that women with a waist size of roughly 43 inches or more and men with waist size of 46 [...]

  • Moustaches, Home Oxygen Tanks Can Be Dangerous Match

    THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Facial hair increases the risk of burns for people who use home oxygen therapy, a new study warns. Researchers compared a mannequin with a mustache made from human hair and a mannequin without facial hair. They drilled nostrils in the mannequins and inserted nasal tubes that were connected to [...]

  • Smog Controls Tied to Fewer Lung Disease Deaths in North Carolina

    Lung disease-related deaths fell after stricter national and state air pollution limits took effect in North Carolina in the early 1990s, a new study finds.

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