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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Millions of people have been diagnosed with COPD, and even more may have it and have not yet been diagnosed. It affects both men and women, and occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults.
COPD is a major cause of disability in its most severe stages, but it typically develops slowly over time. Symptoms, which include a chronic cough, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath with activity, may be mild at first, but worsen as airways become more and more damaged. Eventually, symptoms begin to interfere with the activities of daily living, such as walking, cooking and even personal care.
COPD is not contagious, but there is no cure. Lung damage cannot be reversed, even with treatment, but the progression of the disease can be slowed with the proper care and lifestyle changes. This will allow you to feel better and stay more active.
DefinitionIndustrial bronchitis is swelling (inflammation) of the large airways of the lungs that occurs in some people who work around certain dusts, fumes, smoke, or other substances.See also:Acute bronchitisBronchitisChronic bronchitisAlternative NamesOccupational bronchitisCauses, incidence, and risk factorsExposure to dusts, fumes, strong acids, and other chemicals in the air causes this type of bronchitis. Smoking may also contribute.You may be at risk if you are exposed to dusts such as:AsbestosCoalCottonFlaxSilicaTalc
New scientific studies are released daily, often reporting a grim prognosis for our future health. It's enough to make you feel hopeless about your own health as well as the health of everyone around you. There is no denying that obesity is a growing problem in the United States and around the world. The vast body of research on this topic allows us to make informed decisions and lifestyle changes; however, it is important to know that all research has limitations and the results are simply a best guess. A recent study that found people who have overweight friends are more likely to become overweight has been widely covered in the press. This particular study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that if someone became obese their friends were 57 percent more likely to become obese, that's more than twice as likely. When not carefully considered, these findings can be quite disheartening. The very people you consider to be your support system...
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