Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: It takes your breath away

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have difficulty breathing in the form of either bronchitis, emphysema, or a combination of the two. The majority of cases are caused by smoking, and incidence of COPD is rising among Americans. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. COPD is not curable, but it is treatable. Lifestyle changes and medication can help patients cope with chronic lung disease and live longer, fuller lives. Most cases can be prevented. Here’s treatment options and advice on how to take care of your lungs. (Locked) More »

Medical memo: Medical teamwork - it works

Many people who visit their doctor's office now see a physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. Two  studies suggest that well-trained non-physician providers can do a good job of caring for mild illnesses on a walk-in basis and for a complex illness for which they have special training, experience, and supervision. (Locked) More »

Treating sports injuries

It's not uncommon for exercise enthusiasts to experience a fitness-related injury, such as sprains, fractures or tendinitis. Many of these injuries can be avoided with preventive efforts such as proper warm-up, attention to technique and good equipment. More »