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Are You a Candidate for Lung Cancer Screening?

There is a test—a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest—that can screen for lung cancer when the disease is still in its early stages. This specialized screening test in high-risk people has been shown to reduce deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent compared with those who did not receive this screening. Find out…

7 Tips to Help You Breathe More Easily—and When to Call 911

Most often, chronic or recurrent shortness of breath (dyspnea) signals a problem with your lungs or heart. The American Thoracic Society offers advice to help you control breathlessness, once your doctor has diagnosed the underlying cause. If you experience dyspnea, it’s also important to know when to call 911.

Can Treating Sleep Apnea Protect Your Heart?

Snoring loudly enough to wake members of your household is one sign that you have sleep apnea—a disorder that repeatedly interrupts your breathing throughout the night. These breathing disruptions can leave you groggy the next day, but they also pose serious risks to your heart. Can using a CPAP machine at night help reduce those risks?

Can Houseplants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Asthma attacks can be triggered by a number of irritants that could be lurking in your home, including cigarette smoke, mold, dust, and animal dander and saliva. Some research suggests that having plants indoors may improve indoor air quality.

Don’t Ignore Depression and Anxiety if You Have COPD

Not surprisingly, many people with COPD suffer from depression and anxiety. Yet studies show that only about one third get help for these mental health conditions. Fortunately, both are treatable. That’s why it’s so important for people with COPD and their loved ones and caregivers to be on the lookout for signs of depression and anxiety,…

Beware of Stem-Cell Therapy for Lung Disorders

Ads that tout stem-cell therapy for COPD or other lung disorders are full of false promises. Beware: These unproven treatments can be ineffective or worse, dangerous.

A Warning About Secondhand Cannabis Smoke

If you never smoked, lung cancer may not be on your radar as a high-risk health concern. Yet roughly one in five people who develop lung cancer are lifelong nonsmokers. What's more, some recent studies suggest the incidence of these potentially deadly malignancies in "never-smokers" may be on the rise-especially in people ages 65 and older.

Don’t Smoke? You May Still Be at Risk for Lung Cancer

If you never smoked, lung cancer may not be on your radar as a high-risk health concern. Yet roughly one in five people who develop lung cancer are lifelong nonsmokers. What's more, some recent studies suggest the incidence of these potentially deadly malignancies in "never-smokers" may be on the rise-especially in people ages 65 and older.

Inhaled Steroids for Asthma: Pros and Cons

While inhaled steroids are associated with fewer adverse effects than oral steroids, they're not risk-free. That said, guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) underscore the importance of inhaled steroids as the best long-term treatment for asthma symptoms.

Asthma Can Be a Problem for Seniors, Too

People may tend to think of asthma as a concern for children, but people over age 65 can be affected, too. Whats more, in older people, it is easy for doctors to mistake asthma for conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, or a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms and getting an accurate…