Lung Disorders

The Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD

When you live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), shortness of breath is often a daily reality. Pulmonary rehabilitation, a program that incorporates ...

What You Should Know About E-cigarettes

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.

Emphysema May Explain Worsening Lung Function in Nonsmokers with Asthma

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.

What You Should Know About the Right to Try Law

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.

Can a Nonsmoker Develop COPD?

Although being a smoker is the biggest risk factor for COPD, an estimated 25 percent of those who have the disease have never smoked.

Smokers Who Quit After Hospitalization Report Better Health

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.

Asthma and COPD Overlap Syndrome: Ways to Reduce Your Risk

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.

Manipulating Memories May Help Smokers Kick the Habit

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.

Heavy Drinking Linked to Higher Risk of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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.

Get Your Flu Shot This Year-Especially If You Have Lung Disease

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…