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COPD

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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GOLD Guidelines to Treat COPD Updated

In 2001, a consensus of professionals in the treatment of chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) released the first version of the Global Initiative for Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (GOLD).

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Living With

How to Successfully Lose Weight With COPD

Obesity has important effects on the respiratory system and can worsen COPD symptoms. Extra weight means an extra load on your lungs.

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Complications

Risk of COPD and Heart Failure

Is having a diagnosis of COPD and heart failure a predictor of earlier death? Find out the connection between these conditions.

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Supplements

Vitamin D Supplements Ward Off Lung Attacks in Some With COPD

Vitamin D supplements can cut the rate of potentially fatal inflammation of the airways by as much as 45 percent in people with COPD and vitamin D deficiency.

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Risk Factors

Lung Disease May Raise Risk of Dementia

Your chance of developing dementia may go up if you have lung disease in middle age. Researchers found that lung diseases were linked to mild cognitive impairment, as well as to dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

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Complications

What Does It Mean To Have Decreased Lung Capacity?

Lung capacity can be drastically decreased by respiratory conditions like COPD and asthma. Learn more about the complications of having a reduced lung volume.

Infant exposed to secondhand smoke by parent smoking a cigarette.
Risk Factors

Children and Secondhand Smoke Risks Decades After Exposure

Secondhand smoke exposure during childhood is linked to increase risk of COPD later in life. Learn about the risks of early exposure to smoke.

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Treatment

Airway Procedure Improves COPD Symptoms

In a phase II clinical trial, targeted lung denervation, a procedure used to open the airways, was shown to be safe and effective in people with COPD.

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Symptoms

Women With Asthma at Risk for COPD: Reducing Overlap Syndrome

Did you know that asthma and COPD symptoms can overlap? Learn ways to reduce your risks of developing COPD if you already have asthma.

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Inhalers

Inhaled Asthma and COPD Meds Raise Lung Infection Risk

Inhaled steroids to treat asthma, COPD, or another breathing problem increase the risk for nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung infections.

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Living With

An Apple a Day May Keep COPD Away

Research shows that loading up on antioxidants such as apples, tomatoes, and Vitamin C can repair lung damage caused by smoking, and slow decline for those with COPD.