Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes two lung conditionschronic 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.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD 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.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Probiotics — friendly bacteria found in supplements and some yogurts — don’t prevent childhood asthma, but they may provide other health benefits, according to a new study. Researchers in Canada found that taking probiotics during pregnancy or giving probiotics to infants during the first year of life does not [...]
TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) — More action is needed to reduce illness and death among the millions of Americans exposed to silica dust at work, according to a new report. It has long been known that silica — a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay — causes the lung disease silicosis, [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) — Although measles has been virtually eliminated in the United States, outbreaks still occur here. And they’re usually triggered by people infected abroad, in countries where widespread vaccination doesn’t exist, federal health officials said Thursday. And while it’s been 50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine, [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) — People with asthma face special risks from influenza, and a new report suggests far too few American asthma patients receive the seasonal flu shot. “Asthmatics are at increased risk for complications from the flu,” said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Giving steroid injections to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child’s risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral and emotional disorders, a small study suggests. Pregnant women who are expected to give birth prematurely often receive glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is [...]