Asthma is a chronic disease in which a person’s airway and breathing are constricted due to inflammation in the lungs and increased mucus production. Well-known triggers for asthma include environmental inhalants (pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, and cockroach droppings), chemical irritants (fumes, gases, tobacco smoke), acid reflux, medications (aspirin and … Read More
Q: Last year, I was able to quit smoking by taking up vaping, but I am concerned about the safety of the flavored liquids. Is there any research on their safety?
A: People of all ages are using vaping to quit smoking cigarettes. With flavors like strawberry, oatmeal cookie, and cappuccino, … Read More
People with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma all fall under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While the breathlessness from this group of diseases is incurable and progressive, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston reported in the September issue of Chronic Respiratory Disease … Read More
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is an umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other airway diseases, has now overtaken stroke as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Data from 2017 suggests that women are more likely than men to die from COPD, and more recent … Read More
Unless we can breathe, we cannot live. That’s why it behooves us to treat our lungs with respect by not smoking or inhaling any unnecessary products, and by avoiding air pollution whenever possible. These simple measures can help prevent the majority of cases of COPD, the most common form of … Read More
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that usually attacks the lungs, from where it can spread to other organs. Before effective treatment became available in the 1940s, TB (which was formerly known as consumption) killed many people. In fact, in the early 1900s one out of every seven people in … Read More
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, a virus (such as the flu virus), or another infectious agent. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible, and the strength of the individual’s immune system.
When the immune system detects an infection, … Read More
Influenza—commonly called the flu—is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It affects the lungs, as well as the whole body. Most people who get the flu come down with it during “flu season,” which runs from November to March. Children are more susceptible to getting the flu, and often … Read More