- Smoking puts you more at risk for developing a deadly lung disease, but your genes also play a huge role.
- Breathlessness could be more serious than you think. What the symptoms may mean.
- A new study estimates that pictorial warnings on cigarette packaging in the US would improve overall health of both adults and infants.
- You don't have to be a smoker to develop COPD; this November take time to familiarize yourself with the early signs and symptoms of this condition.
- New study finds cigarette smoke hampers the efficacy of certain lung medications.
- The teach-to-goal method improves asthma and COPD patients' use of rescue inhalers, finds a new study.
- Children whose mothers smoke have an increased likelihood of developing COPD in adulthood: study.
- Emphysema patients can improve their exercise capacity in six months with this minimally invasive intervention.
- Young children are growing up with lung damage from one family of pesticides that can be as harmful as cigarette smoke.
- A decreasing trend in age-standardized death rates occurred for heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries, and diabetes between 1969 and 2013 in the U.S.
- GlaxoSmithKline's inhaled medicine Breo failed to prolong life in patients with chronic respiratory disease in a high-stakes clinical trial of 16,500 people, torpedoing hopes of a sales boost for the drug.
- Researchers in the UK have found the root cause of asthma and believe that reversing it may hold the key to curing the condition.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the co-occurrence of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a pair of commonly co-existing diseases of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed. This leads to a limitation of the flow of air to and from the lungs, causing shortness of breath (dyspnea). In contrast to asthma, this limitation is poorly reversible and usually gets progressively worse over time.