When you live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), shortness of breath is often a daily reality. Pulmonary rehabilitation, a program that incorporates ...
Mixed messages abound, with e-cigarettes being touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. But the more experts study them, the worse e-cigarettes look.
Unsuspected emphysema was the culprit in worsening lung function in some adults with chronic asthma who had never smoked, according to a study published in CHEST.
At first glance, the new Right to Try law sounds like a victory for patients suffering from advanced lung disease who have run out of treatment options. But here's why many leading patient advocacy groups, including the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society Action Network, oppose it.
Although being a smoker is the biggest risk factor for COPD, an estimated 25 percent of those who have the disease have never smoked.
Quitting smoking provides more than just a promise of better health in the distant future. Smokers who kick the habit after a hospitalization are more likely to report a better quality of life within just a month than those who continue to smoke, researchers say.
A Canadian study reports that more than 42 percent of middle-aged and older women who have asthma will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There are ways to reduce the risk of developing this condition, known as asthma and COPD overlap syndrome, or ACOS.
Smokers trying to quit often report that certain cues, such as seeing other people smoke, cause them to crave a cigarette, which typically triggers a relapse. But memory retrieval-extinction training-a technique that alters memories associated with craving-may help.
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 its mild and under control), you're at high risk for getting the flu, making it especially important…