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Understanding ‘End Stage COPD’

Doctors may define End Stage COPD differently. Use this guide to help navigate through diagnosis, and what it means for you or a loved one.

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Links Between Testosterone and Asthma

Even though asthma was first described over 2,500 years ago, why some people develop it, and why some have it worse than others, remains a mystery. Yet by observing trends between male and female asthmatics, researchers now suspect a link between ast...

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What Is Bullous Emphysema?

Emphysema is type of chronic obstructive lung disease often caused by smoking.

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Is This the Future of Asthma Control?

Smartphones, smart TV’s, and now smart inhalers? Here’s how personalized technology may end up changing the way you manage asthma.

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Study: Cool Air Makes Breathing Easier

Did you know that indoor temperatures that are too high can trigger a COPD flare? A new study suggests the best conditions to ease breathing.

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7 Ways Weather Affects Your Breathing

Storms, humidity, other weather conditions, and even air conditioning can breathing, especially for people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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Are Asthma Medicines Safe?

Asthma medicines are essential for helping asthmatics prevent and control their asthma. However, sometimes one of our medicines makes the news, and it creates a scare. Sometimes these make us wonder: are asthma medicines safe? Here is a look at some ...

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What is an Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)?

So you have COPD, and now your doctor wants you to have an Arterial Blood Gas (ABG). So what is an ABG, and how do the results benefit you? An ABG is a special blood draw that requires arterial blood, or freshly oxygenated blood from your lungs. The ...

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New Bills for Asthma

Two bills proposed in Congress may help asthmatics around the country. Here’s what you should know.

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Study Confirms Benefit of Inhaled Corticosteroids for COPD

While recent studies have shed some doubt about the benefits of using inhaled corticosteroids as a top-line treatment for COPD, a recent review of studies confirms they do, indeed, benefit COPD patients. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are medicines th...