Lung Health & Disease

Lung Health & Disease Articles

Acute bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, the hollow air passages that connect the lungs to the windpipe (trachea). The inflammation can be caused by an infection or by other factors that irritate the airways, such as cigarette smoking, allergies and exposure to fumes from some chemicals. Acute bronchitis often starts with a viral infection that involves the mouth, throat, nose, ears and sinuses. Acute bronchitis does not affect the lungs like pneumonia does. Most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses, although the condition also can be caused by bacteria. More »

COPD: Could you be at risk?

In the 20th century, COPD was considered a man’s disease. Today, the number of women with this condition is rising, and they account for more than half of all COPD deaths. Any current or past smokers, as well as women with a family history of COPD, should talk with their doctors about getting tested for COPD. Quitting smoking is the key to controlling COPD, along with inhaled medications and pulmonary rehabilitation. More »

COPD rates rise in women

Today, women are 37% more likely than men to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and they account for more than half of COPD deaths each year. (Locked) More »

Medication Manager: What you need to know about: Inhalers

Inhaled medications aim to reduce airway inflammation, improve airflow, and decrease or relieve shortness of breath. They are available as dry powders and as liquids that are delivered in metered doses in spray form. Some people require a short-acting medicine before exercise or during colds. Others require a long-acting medicine, which is usually taken twice daily. Finally, some people require a long-acting medicine once or twice daily, with short-acting medicines in between doses. (Locked) More »

Unexplained shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is a common occurrence associated with many heart and lung problems. Diagnosis of the underlying cause is necessary to prescribe effective treatment. Yet standard tests fail to pinpoint the problem in many. Harvard experts say a sophisticated form of cardiopulmonary exercise testing is often effective. Once the cause is known, breathlessness can often be eliminated or reduced with medical or surgical treatment, or cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation. (Locked) More »