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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…

Probiotics and Prebiotics Show Promise for Treating Lung Disease

Researchers believe that what we eat or ingest may influence our lungs. Many hope that probiotics and prebiotics, which are sometimes recommended to help with digestive problems, could be important elements in treating lung disease.

When-and Why-to Have a Spirometry Test

To help identify chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at its earliest stages before it causes serious lung damage, anyone at risk for the disease should take a simple, painless, noninvasive breathing test called spirometry at the first sign of any breathing difficulties.

How’s Your Indoor Air Quality? What to Know Before You Buy a Monitor

Poor indoor air quality can worsen asthma. If you or a family member suffers from asthma, you may be thinking of purchasing a home air-quality monitor to detect indoor air pollutants. But before you do, here's what you should know.