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.
Outbreaks of influenza occur each winter and last for three or four months, leading to infection on average in approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population. If you have a lung disease (such as COPD or asthma—even if it’s mild and under control), you're at high risk for getting the flu, making it especially important for you to get your annual flu shot.
Routine activities, such as bathing, grooming, and dressing, can take their toll on your energy if you have moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But planning ahead and using some simple energy-conserving techniques can help you get through these tasks more quickly and with less effort.
It's important to establish that bronchitis, or inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the lungs, can present as either acute or chronic. You should know that one type is not contagious, but the other most certainly is.
Smoking causes an estimated 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer cases. Yet, only 2 to 4 percent of the estimated 8 million Americans who are candidates for lung cancer screening because of their smoking history have undergone the recommended low-dose CT testing.
Salt therapy has been around for centuries in Eastern Europe and Russia, where people have long flocked to natural salt caves in hopes of easing symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, colds, and sinus infections. Today, artificial salt caves are found at some spas and stand-alone facilities in the U.S. Sometimes a misting device sprays microparticles of salt into the air. Many people report that sitting in a salt room helps them relax and enhances their sense of well-being—but is there any evidence to support claims of medical benefits?
Common causes of lingering shortness of breath (a month or more) or recurrent episodes of breathlessness include COPD, heart failure, ILD, asthma, physical deconditioning, obesity and anemia. Once your doctor has diagnosed the underlying cause, here are seven strategies you can use to help control breathlessness.
Unlike the temporary breathlessness you may feel after engaging in strenuous exercise or traveling to a high altitude, unexplained shortness of breath (dyspnea) is a symptom that's usually caused by an acute or chronic medical condition. Read on to learn what may be behind the discomfort and what can be done about it.
Sleep apnea—a disorder that repeatedly interrupts your breathing throughout the night—can leave you groggy the next day. These disruptions also pose serious risks to your heart. Some research has suggested that using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night—while an established and effective fix for sleep apnea—could also help you avoid a heart attack or stroke. But findings from a new study suggest this might not be the case.
Many people track their thoughts and feelings in a daily journal, but if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you might want to consider keeping a journal specifically devoted to your condition and the treatments you're using.