Few aspects of colder weather months can be as irritating as dry winter air. From fly-away hair to scaly skin, the cold winter air can wreak havoc on your body’s appearance. But did you know that dry winter air also can make you vulnerable to illness?
You’re feeling cruddy, and you don’t want other people to share your misery. To avoid spreading a cold, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, Strep throat or stomach virus, follow these guidelines for healthy adults.
You’re getting over a bad cold, but something else is brewing. Upper airway infections can leave your lower airways vulnerable to bronchitis or pneumonia. Learn the difference between the two.
When the weather outside turns frightful, there’s nothing cozier than a warm, crackling blaze in the hearth. But a wood-burning fire in your fireplace can cause health problems, especially if you or a family member has a history of lung disease. Numerous scientific studies report potentially serious adverse health effects when you breathe in smoke from … Read More
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Doctors and researchers are testing a new procedure that doesn’t involve surgery to help patients with a devastating lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, which encompasses a group of conditions, is permanent lung damage that gets worse over time. The two most prevalent forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with … Read More
Good ol’ Grandma. The sound of her kindly voice alone could make you feel better when you were sick. But not all of Grandma’s old-time remedies — health hacks, if you will — stand up to close scientific scrutiny. In fact, some are downright silly. Let’s have a look at Grandma’s medicine chest and see … Read More
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a respiratory illness that progressively damages the lungs. Approximately 23 million men and women in the United States have COPD. COPD takes two forms: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both cause airway blockage, resulting in shortness of breath, chest tightness, a chronic productive cough and/or wheezing. Laboring to breathe … Read More