Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive disease of the lungs that causes shortness of breath. This debilitating disease literally takes your breath away and causes shortness of breath while it causes constant changes in breathing. In this country alone, 160,000 people die from the disease each year. With a noticeable number of cases in rural America, COPD has become a health disparity in economically deprived rural areas.
People often worry about the risk of complication or even death when undergoing general anesthesia for major surgery, but the risk of hospital-acquired postoperative pneumonia is another serious concern, especially following major abdominal surgery. A new study, though, has shown a way to cut that risk in half. When patients practiced breathing exercises immediately after surgery, the incidence of pneumonia was reduced by 50%. Researchers cond
What if one simple thing could decrease your mortality risk from lung cancer by 26%? Or by 61%? Amazingly, a screening chest CT scan can lower mortality by 26% for men and by 61% for women, according to a large randomized European study called NELSON. Harry J. de Koning, MD, Ph.D., of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, reported the results of the study at the World Conference on Lung Cancer. In the study, investigators i
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) isn’t a “one-symptom” disease. It used to be thought that COPD was mainly a function of airflow limitation; now it’s well accepted that the disease is made up of a combination of causes and symptoms. Airflow limitation, represented by a measurement called FEV1, used to be the main tool for assessing COPD. Now, not only is FEV1 measured, but also imaging is studied, especially CT (Micro X-ray Co
The war of words seems to go on and on, but the facts remain the same: e-cigarettes are not a proven tool to stop people from smoking, nor to help them give up the habit. What are the Statistics on Smoking Cessation, Using e-Cigarettes? A European study revealed these telling numbers: Smokers of traditional cigarettes who also use e-cigarettes daily are 48% less likely to quit smoking as those who smoke only regular cigarettes. Those who only o