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Lung & Respiratory

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about lung and respiratory health, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Keeping Airways Clear with COPD

If sputum, a mixture of mucus and saliva, is not cleared from the lungs, it can cause ongoing inflammation and damage. These tips if done regularly, can help keep airways as clean as possible.

The Latest

Man vaping, e-cigarette.
Risk Factors

More Proof: E-Cigarettes Are Not Healthy

The flavorings in e-cigs might be enticing, but new research suggests they can cause significant damage to blood vessels. Here’s what you need to know about vaping—and how to quit all cigarettes for good.

Healthy air child drawing.

Traffic Pollution Causes Millions of Asthma Cases in Kids

Asthma in kids is a huge problem — and a new study nailed down just how much traffic-related pollution is to blame.

Family cleaning their home.
Risk Factors

The Air Pollution INSIDE Your Home May Rival That of a Major City's

Keeping your house clean can actually make the air dirtier, say researchers. In fact, cooking and cleaning can lead to air pollution similar to a major city.

Middle age woman stretching in an outdoor exercise class.
Complications

Catching Your Breath With Lung Cancer

A common side effect of lung cancer is shortness of breath, which can be uncomfortable and even frightening. Here are some ways to manage the challenge.

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Family Health

Is Your Shower Making You Sick?

Areas of the United States where certain bacteria are most prevalent in showerheads are the same areas where bacterial lung infections are most common.

Wood smoke in outdoor fire pit.
Risk Factors

Wood Smoke and Your Lungs: Your Gender Matters

The respiratory effects of wood smoke vary in men and women, according to a study, but these differences aren’t clear when data is combined.

Pots and pans cooking food on wood stove.
Risk Factors

Respiratory Illnesses Linked to Cooking With Wood or Coal

People who live in homes where wood, coal, and other solid fuels are burned to cook food are at increased risk for serious respiratory problems.

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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.

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Nutrition

The Best and Worst Foods for Severe Asthma

Learn more about the foods that might be triggering your severe asthma.

Winter

Enjoying Winter Fun, Even With Asthma

Frigid and dry winter air, plus cold and flu season, make winter fun challenging, but not impossible. Learn ways you can prevent asthma symptoms during winter.

Meet the Experts

Eli Hendel, M.D.
Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Eli Hendel, M.D., is a board-certified internist/pulmonary specialist with board certification in Sleep Medicine.

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley
B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Stephanie Stephens
M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.