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  • Jul 2019

    Peak flow meters: A user's guide

    A peak flow meter is a small device that measures the amount of breath a person can exhale in one forced breath. This article looks at their uses, benefits, results, and how to use them.

  • Jul 2019

    What to know about inhaled steroids

    Inhaled steroids are often the best treatment for conditions that cause trouble breathing, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. This article provides an overview of inhaled steroids, including their types, side effects, dosages, and duration of action.

  • Jul 2019

    What to know about COPD and lung cancer

    COPD is a group of conditions that have clear links to lung cancer. Smoking tobacco is the primary preventable risk factor for both of these diseases. Learn more about COPD and lung cancer here.

  • Jul 2019

    Emphysema vs. chronic bronchitis

    Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both respiratory conditions that fall under the classification of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The symptoms may overlap. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about end-stage COPD

    The symptoms of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include frequent lung infections, difficulty eating, and shortness of breath. Coping methods typically include palliative care and open discussions. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    A complete guide to home nebulizer therapy

    Home nebulizers are an effective way to deliver medicine into the airways. Learn more about home nebulizer therapy here, including how to use the equipment.

  • Jun 2019

    Breathing treatments: Everything you need to know

    Many different types of breathing treatment are available, including bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and antimicrobial drugs. Learn more about these and other treatments here.

  • Jun 2019

    Can nonsmokers get COPD?

    It is possible for people who don’t smoke to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It may develop due to exposure to secondhand smoke, industrial fumes, or other toxins. Learn more about COPD in people who don’t smoke here.

  • Jun 2019

    What is pursed lip breathing?

    Pursed lip breathing is a breathing technique that can help people get more air into their lungs. This technique may be particularly beneficial for people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD. Learn more about the benefits of pursed lip breathing and how to do it here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about bullectomy

    A bullectomy is a type of surgery to remove enlarged air sacs called bullae from the lung. Learn more about the uses, procedure, and risks of a bullectomy here.

  • Jun 2019

    What's the difference between expiratory and inspiratory wheezing?

    Expiratory and inspiratory wheezing are sounds that the lungs make when a person breathes out or in. In this article, learn about the possible causes of wheezing and which type is more common.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about acute respiratory failure

    Symptoms of acute respiratory failure include shortness of breath and confusion. Causes include lung-related conditions and chest trauma. Learn more about acute respiratory failure here.

  • Feb 2019

    Natural ways to cleanse your lungs

    The lungs are self-cleaning organs, but people can also use certain methods to clear mucus and open up the airways. In this article, we look at seven natural ways in which people can try to cleanse their lungs.

  • Feb 2019

    What causes difficulty breathing?

    People can experience difficulty breathing for a wide range of reasons. In this article, we look at causes, symptoms, and ways to prevent breathing difficulties.

  • Feb 2019

    What is a normal respiratory rate?

    A normal respiratory rate varies depending on a person’s age and activity levels. In this article, we look at the normal rates and what high and low rates mean.

  • Feb 2019

    What to know about obstructive lung disease

    Obstructive lung disease describes a range of conditions in which a person’s airways are blocked. In this article, we look at its types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  • Nov 2018

    Lung disease may increase dementia risk

    New research uncovers another potential risk factor for dementia and, more generally, for cognitive impairment, namely having a lung disease in midlife.

  • Nov 2018

    COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can also experience severe anxiety. A new trial puts to the test an effective coping strategy.

  • Nov 2018

    What exercises can help increase lung capacity?

    The lungs have a very large capacity and may respond to exercises, including pursed lip breathing and belly breathing. There are also many lifestyle changes that can help improve and strengthen the lungs, such as not smoking and avoiding other lung pollutants. Learn more about how to increase lung capacity here.

  • Nov 2018

    What are the early symptoms of COPD?

    Early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often leads to a better outlook. People who recognize the first symptoms, which may include blood in the mucus, excessive mucus, and shortness of breath, should see a doctor. Learn more about the early symptoms of COPD here.

  • Nov 2018

    How do you get COPD?

    COPD is not contagious. It is a group of progressive diseases caused by lung damage that can get worse over time. Learn more about how COPD develops and why here.

  • Nov 2018

    Can people with COPD get better?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition with no cure. It is not possible to completely reverse it, but there are many things a person with COPD can do to help enhance outlook and improve their quality of life.

  • Nov 2018

    Humidity levels and COPD

    Some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) find that extremes in humidity can trigger or worsen symptoms. Managing exposure to humidity can help reduce or prevent COPD flare-ups. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Natural home remedies for COPD

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve their symptoms using various home remedies. These may include breathing exercises, essential oils, and supplements. Learn about home remedies for COPD here.

  • Nov 2018

    Hyperventilation: Causes and what to do

    Hyperventilation refers to fast breathing. The most common cause is fear or anxiety, but underlying medical conditions may also contribute to hyperventilation. Learn more here.