You power-wash your house. Can you imagine power-washing your lungs? That’s how a rare, once-fatal lung disease called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is treated. Watch what happens in the OR.
The critical life functions that our facial organs perform may seem pretty obvious. Yet, when it comes to the nose, there is more than meets the eye.
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
Many people haven’t broken free from the grip of winter yet, but now is the time to start thinking about spring allergies. In fact, the season is already under way in some areas of the country because the trees already are budding. Once they begin to flower, allergy sufferers need to be prepared. “Maple, elm, hickory and oak … Read More
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Doctors someday might diagnose lung cancer through a simple blood test – which would enable detection of the disease at an earlier stage and could result in more effective treatment. Such a blood test could be the ultimate result of new research that found people with non-small cell lung cancer have different chemicals in their blood called metabolites than people who … Read More
If you think you’re safe from lung cancer because you’ve never smoked, think again. Being a non-smoker doesn’t mean you cannot get lung cancer. While cigarette smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, you also can get it from breathing secondhand smoke, being exposed to asbestos or radon, or having a family history of lung cancer. Many … 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