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Get the Facts About COPD

Nine questions about a condition that affects 15 million people in the U.S. Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Think you have symptoms of this condition that affects 15 million people in the U.S.? Learn more with the nine questions below. 1. What Is COPD? COPD is a chronic condition that makes it more difficult to breathe and more difficult for the lungs to pass oxygen into the bloodstream.

Can a Simple Dietary Tweak Help You Breathe Easier?

Have researchers found the secret to better lung function? More than 11 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, COPD is a major cause of disability and death. It has no cure and is characterized by shortness of breath, chronic coughing, wheezing, frequent respiratory infections, fatigue, and producing a lot of phlegm, according to the American Lung Association.

Mental Health & Hospital Readmission for COPD patients

A 10-year study explores the relationship between COPD and mental health. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disorder that makes breathing difficult, affects up to 24 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. A study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston tracked a decade's worth of hospital admission rates for Medicare recipients with COPD.

An Unexpected Cause of COPD

Do you have this risk factor? Want to reduce your risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive condition that causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and other unpleasant symptoms? It's a worthy goal. The condition affects an estimated 15 million Americans, and chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Can E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Kick the Habit?

They've been touted as a less-toxic alternative to regular cigarettes. But research suggests e-cigarettes may have little effect on smoking cessation. Learn more. For people who have tried—perhaps multiple times—to quit smoking, the electronic cigarette may seem like the answer to a prayer. The cigarette, which is not lit but battery operated, uses an atomizer that heats a mélange of liquids, nicotine, and flavorings into an inhaled mist.

Breathe Easier Tonight: How A Humidifier Can Help

Depending on your triggers, adding or removing the moisture in your bedroom air can lessen the risk of an asthma attack. If you live in a dry climate or heat your home during winter months, a humidifier can help moisten the air and reduce irritation in your bronchial tubes. And depending on what triggers your symptoms, a humidifier can also help reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

COPD: 5 Supplements That Can Help

If you're looking for alternative ways to manage this condition, consider bromelain, coenzyme Q10, and others. If food is the best medicine, are supplements the second best? That's a question some patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are asking. Find out if natural supplements can help patients with COPD breathe easier. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is sometimes called emphysema or chronic bronchitis.

Will Replacement Joints Harm Your Heart?

Patients have a significantly higher risk of heart attack following joint replacement surgery. Take steps to protect yourself. When medication, exercise, and therapy offer little to no relief from joint pain, it may be time to consider a knee or hip replacement. Nearly two million of these surgeries are performed annually in the United States, and the number continues to rise, due to its effectiveness in helping to relieve chronic pain.

Does Asthma Give You Bad Breath?

Halitosis can be a clue that a person is experiencing asthma or other respiratory problems. At one time or another, almost everyone has had to cope with a bit of halitosis—the technical term for bad breath. While most people associate such bad breath with poor oral hygiene or dietary choices, doctors now recognize that breath problems can be a big clue to asthma or other respiratory problems.

Health by the Numbers: Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, but it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Here's a look at the disease by the numbers. The bad news is that lung cancer causes more deaths than any other type of cancer. The good news is that tobacco causes most lung cancers, making it also the most preventable type of cancer. In fact, 90 percent of lung cancers deaths in men and 80 percent in women are due to smoking.