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Pneumonia & COPD: All You Need To Know

Pneumonia is a common cause of COPD flare-ups. Here is all you need to know about the link between pneumonia and COPD. What is it’s history? Pneumonia has a long history, going all the way back to the ancient and primitive worlds. It was described for the medical community by Hippocrates around 400 B.C. Still, little was known about it until the end of the …

Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

Tips for Staying Healthy With Stage 3/Severe COPD

COPD is a chronic inflammatory illness of the lungs and airways that gets progressively worse over time. How long that takes can vary from months to years. Eventually, though, most people who have a diagnosis of COPD will end up in Stage 3, which is also called “severe COPD.” For the purposes of assessment and treatment, COPD status is divided into four …

3 Simple Tips for Eating and Feeling Better with COPD

It’s no secret that proper nutrition is a vital element in the charge towards a vibrant and healthy life. Certain foods and the compounds found within them have the ability to contribute to health and well-being. Likewise, the wrong foods at the wrong time, or simply too much of a particular food, can be problematic. Today we’ll consider 3 simple dietary considerations …

Clearing the air about COPD

Just how common is COPD? And just how disheartening and confusing can a diagnosis be? These are questions our Senior Contributor Ted Koppel has been grappling with for very many years, and very close to home, as he’ll be telling us in our Cover Story:  Everything I tell you this morning is factual, but I can’t pretend to be objective …

Tips for Staying Healthy With Moderate COPD

COPD is a chronic, progressive illness, but you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible during each stage by following a treatment plan and making some lifestyle changes. For the purposes of treatment, COPD is classified into 4 different stages. In Stage 2, which is also called moderate COPD, symptoms are more apparent than in mild COPD. Lung function has deteriorated to the …

COPD, sensory function, and secretions management

COPD in the ICU It’s another day in the ICU, consulted to see a patient with (COPD) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease exacerbation. Nurse reports intermittent coughing with meals. Entering the room, the patient has audible wet voice, wheezing, increased work of breathing, fatigue, and weak cough with congestion. Clinical intuition kicks in, contemplating the potential dysphagia severity, with the impaired …

It was easier to smoke than find food

Jane didn’t manage to quit smoking until after she got COPD. But giving up cigarettes in time helped her to survive lung cancer and a pneumonectomy. When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, I really thought it was all over. Then one of my friends told me “nothing is set in stone”. And I’m still here, 16 years later. Cigarettes were easier than …

Study Reveals Mechanism by Which Stem Cells Improve Symptoms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

In response to the limitation of current treatments of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers have posted that stem cells may be a good option for patients who suffer from COPD. One of the key characteristics of COPD is inflammation seen in the lungs, and this inflammation leads to tissue destruction. Thus, researchers have tried to zero in on stem cells …

COPD: “It’s like Suffocating to Death”

By Alison Johnson Many people might be able to guess the first- and second-leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, followed by all types of cancer. As for No. 3, few probably could. It’s not stroke, not accidents, not Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes, but Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Now, a new anti-smoking campaign from the …