An expert task force offers updated guidelines on the treatment of COPD exacerbations.
Although being a smoker is the biggest risk factor for COPD, it's estimated that people who have never smoked represent about 25 percent of those who have the disease.
If your doctor prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, here's more motivation to stick with it.
There may be a link between worsening asthma symptoms and a diet high in cured meats, suggests a 2017 observational study in Thorax.
After water damage in your home, your first concern may not be your health—but perhaps it should be. Respiratory issues are among the most common health problems after a hurricane or flooding.
The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is polysomnography, a test done overnight at a sleep clinic that measures heart rhythm, airflow, blood oxygen levels, brain activity, and other variables while you sleep. Home monitoring devices typically consist of a portable monitoring system ...
Exercise is important for people with COPD, but physical activity can be tiring, particularly as the disease advances. Whole-body vibration training (WBVT) involves standing or performing lower-body exercises on a platform that mechanically vibrates at various frequencies. The rapid micro-movements enhance the stretching and contraction of lower leg muscles and have been shown to increase exercise capacity in athletes. Recent evidence from two small randomized controlled trials suggests WBVT ...
If you need to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you likely have a love-hate relationship with the device. This setup can be uncomfortable and unwieldy for you—and awkward and disruptive if you have a bed partner—so it's understandable why you might resist using it.
In some cases of suspected lung cancer, the doctor might recommend a biopsy and tumor testing. Here's why.
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for more than 80 percent of lung cancer diagnoses. The two main types of NSCLC are squamous cell and nonsquamous cell. By the time most cases are found, they have already either advanced locally or metastasized—in other words, it is too late for surgical intervention.
Do you think smoking a cigarette every now and then really doesn't do any harm? A 2017 study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that any amount of long-term smoking—even less than an average of one cigarette a day—poses serious health risks.
In the United States, the annual number of deaths among women from COPD has increased fourfold since 1980. And in 2000, the number of women who died of COPD surpassed the number of men for the first time. Women now account for 53 percent of all COPD deaths.
Asthma is a chronic disease involving inflammation of the airways in the lungs, making breathing difficult. It has multiple causes and can be treated, but not cured. In the past, asthma was often underdiagnosed, but in recent years, there has been increased attention on the need for timely treatment. Yet an emerging body of research has found that some people diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the illness.
If chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leaves you feeling tired and breathless, exercising may be the last thing you want to do. But it's near the top of the list of things you should do to alleviate your symptoms.
Excess weight makes breathing more difficult for most people, and that may be especially true if you have asthma or sleep apnea. Ample evidence suggests a connection between packing on pounds and asthma risk as well as asthma control.