Lung Disorders

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.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Why It’s Important to Find Out

An estimated 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation, most of them undiagnosed. If you have symptoms, don't ignore them. Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of serious, but treatable, medical conditions.

The Asthma Diet?

If you have asthma, a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may help reduce symptoms and improve breathing, according to a French study in the European Respiratory Journal.

Protect Yourself from a Lesser-Known Pneumonia

Did you know that pneumonia can develop if you accidentally inhale food particles, liquid, saliva, or regurgitated stomach contents into the airways (bronchi) and it gets into your lung tissue (alveoli)? This form of pneumonia is called aspiration pneumonia. Find out who's at risk--and how to protect yourself from this potentially life-threatening condition.

Radon: Is this Lung Cancer-Causing Gas Lurking in Your Home?

Radon-a colorless, odorless gas-is estimated to be the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause of the disease overall. Here's how to find out if this toxic gas is polluting your home.

Intriguing Links Between Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s

Investigators have found additional evidence of a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cognitive impairment. The findings show that as the severity of OSA increases, so do levels of amyloid plaque-a hallmark of Alzheimer's. But can treating sleep apnea help prevent the build up-and, potentially, the development of Alzheimer's?

7 Simple Tips to Help You Take Your COPD Medication as Directed

Overall, studies report that about 50 percent of prescriptions are not taken as directed." But when you have COPD, taking your prescribed medication properly can prevent you from getting sicker, keep you out of the hospital, and reduce the cost of treatment over time. Heres advice to help you stick with your prescribed routine.

Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Pneumonia Risk in Older Adults

A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society adds to the growing body of evidence that long-term proton pump inhibitor use in older adults may not be entirely safe.

New Treatment Available for Severe Emphysema

People whose emphysema is not helped by medication have had few treatment options-mainly a lung transplant or surgery to reduce lung volume, which are not appropriate for all patients. But a new device provides another alternative.