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Is There Such a Thing as a COPD Diet?

Is There Such a Thing as a COPD Diet?

You may not think that what you eat has anything to do with your risk of developing lung cancer or COPD. Diet, however, especially one that’s rich in fiber, may actually play a key role in preventing certain breathing diseases. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it includes

Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

3. Diagnosis of COPD

The main diagnostic tools for COPD are pulmonary function tests. These tests, which are also used to diagnose asthma (see page 45) and many other lung diseases, measure the ability of the lungs to hold air, to move air in and out, and to move oxygen into the blood.
The values

Quality Sleep is Key for Good Health

Sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your well-being, but quality sleep is very important to your overall health, including your memory and mood. While many of my patients think of sleep as a passive activity, it is actually very important “rebooting”

Sleep: An Essential Component of Brain Health

Research suggests that restful, restorative sleep is a prerequisite for the health and proper functioning of the brain, and that chronic sleep insufficiency can be highly damaging in a variety of ways. For example, a study published Dec. 20, 2015 in Nature Neuroscience suggests that poor sleep may be linked

COPD Diagnosis: What Can You Learn from Screening and Testing?

COPD Diagnosis: What Can You Learn from Screening and Testing?

In order to determine whether your lung problem symptoms are caused by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), your doctor will perform a physical examination, take a detailed medical history, ask about any history of smoking (or current smoking habit) and other lifestyle issues, and perform a COPD diagnosis.
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