Emphysema + Original Articles

When Non-Smokers Get Emphysema

Even if you've never had a cigarette, there are other factors that can put you at risk for this chronic condition. Learn more. Emphysema is a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Characterized by a progressive loss of lung functioning, smoking is the primary cause of this problem. A study published in the journal Clinical Pulmonary Medicine in 2008 estimates that about 10 percent of emphysema cases actually occur in non-smokers.

Emphysema: What You Need to Know

It can be treated, but it can't be cured. Here's a closer look at this disease of the lungs. If you've ever been scared away from lighting up after watching TV commercials showing smokers coughing and gasping for breath, with oxygen tubes running into their noses, you've gotten a glimpse of life with emphysema. Emphysema is the most typical manifestation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a cluster of lung diseases that makes breathing difficult.

Health Concerns: How to Keep Family Updated

The Web offers many options for staying connected and keeping loved ones updated on your or your family member's health issues. These methods are fast, easy, and efficient, and you'll know your support network is right there with you as a part of your journey. When Jennifer Wilson Cooper learned she had ovarian cancer, she launched a blog as a way to share her story with others and to make it easy for friends and family to keep up with her progress. Little did she know she'd quickly-and dramatically-expand her circle of friends (you can follow Cooper's journey on her blog, Four Seeds, which is featured in Quality Health's free cancer newsletter and on the QualityHealth.

Butter vs Margarine: Which Is Best for Diabetics?

If you have diabetes, there may be a healthier choice. But be sure to read the label before making a selection. Years ago, margarine was typically made with partially hydrogenated oil, explains nutritionist Christine Avanti. "The older margarine spreads were unhealthful because of the hydrogenation process," she explains. "But fortunately the newer spreads are much more heart healthy.

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