Cold Can Spell Trouble for Your Heart, Lungs

We know to guard our skin against frostbite by covering up when we go outside in sub-freezing temperatures. But extreme cold also can impact your vital organs. Find out how you can protect yourself.

Mold: What You Need to Know to Cut Your Risk

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

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Pneumonia May Raise Heart Disease Risk as Much as Smoking

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

That Cozy Fire Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

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

Newly FDA-Approved Drugs Give Hope to People with Pulmonary Fibrosis

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

Trouble Breathing? How Doctors Can Uncover Hidden Disease in Your Lungs

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

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4 Questions You May Have About Scleroderma

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

Tiny Coils Help COPD Patients to Breathe Easier

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