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 ...
Mixed messages abound, with e-cigarettes being touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. But the more experts study them, the worse e-cigarettes look.
Unsuspected emphysema was the culprit in worsening lung function in some adults with chronic asthma who had never smoked, according to a study published in CHEST.
At first glance, the new Right to Try law sounds like a victory for patients suffering from advanced lung disease who have run out of treatment options. But here's why many leading patient advocacy groups, including the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society Action Network, oppose it.
Although being a smoker is the biggest risk factor for COPD, an estimated 25 percent of those who have the disease have never smoked.
Quitting smoking provides more than just a promise of better health in the distant future. Smokers who kick the habit after a hospitalization are more likely to report a better quality of life within just a month than those who continue to smoke, researchers say.
A Canadian study reports that more than 42 percent of middle-aged and older women who have asthma will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There are ways to reduce the risk of developing this condition, known as asthma and COPD overlap syndrome, or ACOS.
Smokers trying to quit often report that certain cues, such as seeing other people smoke, cause them to crave a cigarette, which typically triggers a relapse. But memory retrieval-extinction training—a technique that alters memories associated with craving—may help.
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that can cause respiratory failure. Critically ill hospital patients with a history of heavy drinking or binge drinking are at increased risk for it, according to a recent study in the journal Chest.