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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.

COPD Cheat Sheet
Living With

COPD Infographics Worth Sharing

These sweet (not scary!) designs have share-worthy tips and facts for people (and their loved ones) living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

The Latest

patient meeting with doctor showing inhaler
Doctor & Patient

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About COPD Treatment

Wondering where to begin with a COPD diagnosis? We've got the answers to some of your most pressing concerns about the disease.

By Alison Gwinn
Lungs on COPD
Symptoms

This Is Your Lungs on COPD

Here’s exactly how this chronic disease impacts your lungs, plus how doctors determine the severity to provide the best treatment possible.

By Amy Marturana Winderl
woman smoking cigarette
Lifestyle

Real-life Strategies to Quit Smoking

If you're trying to kick the habit, you probably won’t find these smoking-cessation techniques in any guidebook, but according to the men and women who tried them, they work!

By Jeanine Barone
man walking dog in wet sand
Living With

12 Ways to Breathe Easier Every Day With COPD

Catch your breath faster with these COPD-approved tips.

By Judy Koutsky
Food Swaps for COPD
Nutrition

Healthy Eating Tips for COPD

When simply breathing is difficult, meals can quickly become an afterthought. But having a healthy diet is critical for lung function. We've got a few simple strategies that can help you eat better and feel better, too.

By Colleen Travers
Cold Weather and COPD
Symptoms

When the Weather Makes It Hard to Breathe

Small changes in temperature and humidity can make a big difference in how you feel when you have COPD. Here’s what to look out for.

By Alison Gwinn
Middle age woman doing strength training exercises.
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.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
Doctor discussing a patient's lung capacity from the results of a pulmonary function test.
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.

By Ask HealthCentral
Hands in heart around lung model, healthy lungs concept.
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.

By Diane Domina
Inhalers on black background.
Medication

Everything You Need to Know About Inhalers

Asthma inhalers have changed significantly over time. Learn more about how inhalers, nebulizers, and mists can deliver specific medications to treat asthma.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.