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How to Improve Energy Levels: 7 Strategies for the Overtired

How to Improve Energy Levels: 7 Strategies for the Overtired

You’re feeling spent, listless, and/or exhausted after work almost every night—and the next morning. You can’t seem to break out of a pattern of dragging through the day and collapsing into bed at night. You’re looking tso get some zip back in your step—and to learn how to improve energy

Ask the Experts: Constipation; Stress Testing; Hoarse Voice

Q: I’m not moving my bowels as regularly as I have up to now. Since I would rather not take laxatives, can you suggest a natural solution?
A: Constipation is typically caused by a poor diet, dehydration, and lack of physical activity—however, any new onset of constipation can be a symptom

COPD Mortality Continues to Rise

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

How to Quit Smoking: 6 Steps to Success

How to Quit Smoking: 6 Steps to Success

Unless you live under a rock, you know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco-related diseases kill more than 480,000 people each year in the United States alone, accounting for around 20 percent of all premature deaths. If you’re a smoker, the habit can shorten your life by up

COPD Signs and Symptoms: How to Find Help

COPD Signs and Symptoms: How to Find Help

Those at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may wonder, “Is COPD fatal?” While there is no cure, it’s important to keep in mind that when you’re dealing with COPD signs and symptoms, various treatment approaches can help you avoid complications.

Some strategies are as straightforward as getting immunized against

6. Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a chronic obstructive airway disease in which the bronchi become damaged and easily collapse. Bronchi walls contain elastic and muscle fibers, which allow the bronchial tubes to expand and contract while maintaining their shape. In people with bronchiectasis, the elastic and muscular components in the walls of medium-sized

4. Treating COPD

Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first step is to

3. Diagnosing COPD

COPD and asthma share many of the same symptoms (primarily coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath), which occur because normal airflow into and out of the lungs is obstructed. This can make it difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. However, it is important to make an accurate diagnosis because

2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Until recently, the term “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” (COPD) was used to describe two conditions—emphysema and chronic bronchitis—that make it difficult to breathe in and out. In 2017, the Global Initiative on Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) updated its census report on the diagnosis, prevention, and management of COPD to reflect

From The Editor

This report covers obstructive lung diseases and lung infections. Obstructive lung diseases include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and bronchiectasis. Because these diseases produce similar symptoms, making a correct diagnosis can be challenging. In addition, these conditions often overlap—for example, a person with asthma can acquire chronic bronchitis and/or

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