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.
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.