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.
Taking statins—the drugs widely used to lower cholesterol levels and reduce cardiovascular risk—may reduce the need for hospitalization and the risk of death in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a study published last year in Thorax.
What is the optimal timeframe for starting postoperative chemotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)? A study in JAMA Oncology suggests it's longer than previously thought.
If you are trying to quit smoking, don't rely on smoking-cessation drugs alone—they are unlikely to work without counseling, according to a 2017 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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.