If you never smoked, lung cancer may not be on your radar as a high-risk health concern. Yet roughly one in five people who develop lung cancer are lifelong nonsmokers. What's more, some recent studies suggest the incidence of these potentially deadly malignancies in "never-smokers" may be on the rise—especially in people ages 65 and older.
While inhaled steroids are associated with fewer adverse effects than oral steroids, they're not risk-free. That said, guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) underscore the importance of inhaled steroids as the best long-term treatment for asthma symptoms.
People may tend to think of asthma as a concern for children, but people over age 65 can be affected, too. What’s more, in older people, it is easy for doctors to mistake asthma for conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, or a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms and getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment are key at any age.
Researchers believe that what we eat or ingest may influence our lungs. Many hope that probiotics and prebiotics, which are sometimes recommended to help with digestive problems, could be important elements in treating lung disease.
To help identify chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at its earliest stages before it causes serious lung damage, anyone at risk for the disease should take a simple, painless, noninvasive breathing test called spirometry at the first sign of any breathing difficulties.
Poor indoor air quality can worsen asthma. If you or a family member suffers from asthma, you may be thinking of purchasing a home air-quality monitor to detect indoor air pollutants. But before you do, here's what you should know.
An estimated 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation, most of them undiagnosed. If you have symptoms, don't ignore them. Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of serious, but treatable, medical conditions.
If you have asthma, a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may help reduce symptoms and improve breathing, according to a French study in the European Respiratory Journal.
Did you know that pneumonia can develop if you accidentally inhale food particles, liquid, saliva, or regurgitated stomach contents into the airways (bronchi) and it gets into your lung tissue (alveoli)? This form of pneumonia is called aspiration pneumonia. Find out who's at risk--and how to protect yourself from this potentially life-threatening condition.
Radon—a colorless, odorless gas—is estimated to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of the disease overall. Here's how to find out if this toxic gas is polluting your home.
Investigators have found additional evidence of a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cognitive impairment. The findings show that as the severity of OSA increases, so do levels of amyloid plaque—a hallmark of Alzheimer's. But can treating sleep apnea help prevent the build up—and, potentially, the development of Alzheimer's?
Overall, studies report that about 50 percent of prescriptions are not taken “as directed." But when you have COPD, taking your prescribed medication properly can prevent you from getting sicker, keep you out of the hospital, and reduce the cost of treatment over time. Here’s advice to help you stick with your prescribed routine.
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society adds to the growing body of evidence that long-term proton pump inhibitor use in older adults may not be entirely safe.
People whose emphysema is not helped by medication have had few treatment options—mainly a lung transplant or surgery to reduce lung volume, which are not appropriate for all patients. But a new device provides another alternative.
When you live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), shortness of breath is often a daily reality. Pulmonary rehabilitation, a program that incorporates ...