If you have emphysema and find it difficult to breathe, you may be interested in a promising new treatment involving special spring-like coils placed in patients’ lungs.
Frequent nosebleeds or red blood spots on the skin may be signs of a rare blood vessel disorder known as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, or HHT. Find out who should be screened.
It can be found anywhere – on shower curtains, house siding or tree trunks. It grows in almost any color, and it thrives in damp, warm, humid places, sprouting up year-round. It’s mold, and if you’re exposed to it, you could develop breathing problems, from mild to severe. According to critical care pulmonologist Lamia Ibrahim, … Read More
Pneumonia may be as big a risk factor for heart disease as smoking or diabetes, especially in adults older than 65 who are hospitalized, a new study says. Researchers at the University of Ottawa began tracking the link among nearly 1,300 people who developed pneumonia during the course of the study. Participants ranged in age from … Read More
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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
Those who suffer from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be breathing a little easier. In October 2014, the Food and Drug Administration approved two new drugs for IPF — the first ever produced that can treat this disease. IPF is a scarring or thickening of the lungs that has no known cause. As the scarring … Read More
If you have been short of breath or having a hard time breathing, tell your doctor if you have a history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. This can help uncover a condition that isn’t identifiable through routine tests. The condition is called chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and it can be difficult to … Read More
Scleroderma is a rare disease of the autoimmune system that many people haven’t heard of. Yet recognizing the symptoms can help you get treatment faster – and provide the best chance for a successful outcome. The disease is characterized by hard skin — “sclero” means “thickening” and “derma” means “skin.” It is a disease in which dense, thick fibrous … Read More
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
Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers combined. However, there’s a new recommendation that can reduce deaths among high-risk patients by as much as 20 percent: annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans. “These low-dose CT scans have become the standard of care quite recently,” says Peter Mazzone, … Read More