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  • Sep 2018

    What are the early signs of COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that cause breathing difficulties. COPD tends to get worse over time, so early detection and treatment are essential. Early signs and symptoms include coughing, excess mucus production, shortness of breath, and tiredness. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    How to cope with COPD fatigue

    Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) makes breathing difficult, which can impact on a person's energy levels and lead to fatigue. People with COPD can improve how much energy they have and reduce fatigue with lifestyle changes, including breathing exercises, eating well, and exercising regularly. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the complications of COPD?

    COPD is a chronic condition that can worsen over time. Possible complications of COPD include pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, depression, heart failure, and frailty. Here, we examine these complications and look at whether or not COPD can cause death. We also offer tips for preventing complications.

  • Jul 2018

    Even minor distress puts you at risk of chronic disease

    New research finds that you needn't experience high levels of distress for your risk of chronic diseases to increase; low distress levels are enough.

  • May 2018

    Can vaping cause lung problems?

    Many people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking, but what are the effects of vapor on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD? Authorities are unsure about this new technology's effects on health. Learn here more about what the science says about the safety of vaping with COPD, and in general.

  • May 2018

    Plant pigments may preserve lung function into old age

    In addition to their natural antioxidant properties, flavonoids — the compounds that give plants their color — may keep our lungs healthy into old age.

  • May 2018

    What to know about centrilobular emphysema

    Centrilobular emphysema is a form of emphysema where the damage begins in the central lobes of the lungs and spreads outward. This is distinct from panlobular emphysema. In this article, we discuss centrilobular emphysema including symptoms, causes, complications, and possible treatments.

  • Apr 2018

    Do BiPAP machines work for COPD?

    A BiPAP machine is a small breathing device that can help a person with COPD to breathe more easily. It can be used at night or when symptoms flare. BiPAP therapy stabilizes air pressure, helping the lungs to inflate and deflate. BiPAP is not necessary for everyone but can improve life quality for some with COPD.

  • Apr 2018

    COPD: Tai chi a 'viable alternative' to standard treatment

    Researchers conducted a randomized trial that examined the benefits of tai chi for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  • Jan 2018

    What to know about hypercapnia

    A look at hypercapnia, a condition where there is too much carbon dioxide in the blood. Included is detail on symptoms and risk factors.

  • Dec 2017

    Tomatoes may restore lung damage caused by smoking

    A diet rich in tomatoes and other fruits may counteract the damage to lungs caused by smoking and slow down lung function decline among all adults.

  • Dec 2017

    What is a spigelian hernia?

    Learn about spigelian hernias, a rare type of hernia that can cause painful symptoms and requires surgery. We also take a look at diagnosis and recovery.

  • Dec 2017

    How can I get the benefits of carrot juice?

    Aside from great taste, carrot juice may provide numerous health benefits. Learn about the nutritional value and possible risks of drinking carrot juice.

  • Nov 2017

    What is the link between FEV1 and COPD?

    FEV1 is a measurement used to stage and diagnose lung diseases. It measures the amount of breath a person can exhale in one second. Find out more about how it works, what the results mean, and how it can help in diagnosing, staging, and managing COPD. Also, get some tips for better breathing with COPD.

  • Oct 2017

    Rheumatoid arthritis may raise COPD risk

    A new study of 50,000 people finds that those with rheumatoid arthritis had a 47 percent higher risk of COPD hospitalization than the general population.

  • Oct 2017

    How can nonsmokers get COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung condition that can make it hard to breathe. Bronchiectasis and emphysema are forms of COPD. It usually affects smokers, but nonsmokers can develop it, too, if they are exposed to secondhand smoke, or if there are other environmental or genetic factors.

  • Oct 2017

    The 10 best asthma blogs

    We have put together the best blogs for asthma that educate, inspire, and support individuals with asthma, as well as their friends and families.

  • Sep 2017

    Eosinophilic asthma: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    Eosinophilic asthma is a type of severe asthma. It is caused by high levels of certain white blood cells. We look at symptoms and treatments.

  • Sep 2017

    New insights on chronic bronchitis could lead to first diagnostic test and better treatments

    When a patient arrives at a doctor's office with a persistent cough and the sensation of gunk building up in the lungs, the doctor's thought process is essentially the same as it would have been...

  • Sep 2017

    Household bleach may raise chronic lung disease risk

    A new study finds a strong correlation between regular use of disinfectants such as bleach and an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  • Sep 2017

    What's to know about coughing so hard you vomit?

    It can sometimes feel as if a cough is so harsh and relentless that it is is about to become a different symptom. Severe and persistent coughs can cause vomiting in some cases. This MNT Knowledge Center article informs you about the potential causes of coughing leading to vomiting and how to treat it.

  • Sep 2017

    Why can't I take a deep breath? Causes and treatment

    Shortness of breath is known as dyspnea. It can be a symptom of a number of conditions, including asthma, COPD, and anxiety. Some of these conditions need medical attention. Find out about the symptoms, when to see a doctor, and the treatment options. Also, find some tips on how to reduce the risk of dyspnea.

  • Aug 2017

    Seven home remedies for shortness of breath

    What causes shortness of breath and how can this problem be treated at home? Also learn about lifestyle changes that may help manage shortness of breath.

  • Aug 2017

    What is right ventricular hypertrophy?

    Right ventricular hypertrophy is the thickening of the walls in the right ventricle of the heart. The condition can increase the risk of heart failure in some people. This MNT Knowledge Center article explores the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. MNT also takes a look at possible complications.

  • Aug 2017

    Everything you need to know about smoker's cough

    Smoking has a range of adverse effects on the body. One of them is a near-permanent cough. This MNT Knowledge Center article explores how many people who smoke have smoker's cough. It also looks at the symptoms and causes of smokers cough and how it can be treated.