Lung Disorders

COPD in Women: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

In the United States, the annual number of deaths among women from COPD has increased fourfold since 1980. And in 2000, the number of women who died of COPD surpassed the number of men for the first time. Women now account for 53 percent of all COPD deaths.

Do You Really Have Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease involving inflammation of the airways in the lungs, making breathing difficult. It has multiple causes and can be treated, but not cured. In the past, asthma was often underdiagnosed, but in recent years, there has been increased attention on the need for timely treatment. Yet an emerging body of research has…

COPD and Exercise: Why It’s Essential

If chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leaves you feeling tired and breathless, exercising may be the last thing you want to do. But it's near the top of the list of things you should do to alleviate your symptoms.

How Obesity Affects Asthma and Sleep Apnea

Excess weight makes breathing more difficult for most people, and that may be especially true if you have asthma or sleep apnea. Ample evidence suggests a connection between packing on pounds and asthma risk as well as asthma control.

6 Things to Do to Prevent COPD Exacerbations

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) flare-ups can take a significant toll on patients-medically, financially, and psychologically. Multiple studies have shown that COPD exacerbations are linked to more doctor visits and increased hospital admissions.

Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Increasingly higher quality research is strengthening the argument for screening high-risk individuals for lung cancer using computed tomography (CT). Many experts now agree that this screening may indeed give patients a better chance for a cure because tumors can be detected at an earlier stage.