Category: COPD

Common Plant Compound Found to Reverse Lung Damage Associated with COPD

“Given the high costs, both direct and indirect, associated with COPD, there is an urgent need to identify novel approaches to treat the disease,” said Avrum Spira, MD, MSc, professor of medicine at Boston University Medical Center. The COPD Epidemic Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term that includes chronic bronchitis,emphysema, bronchiectasis, and asthma . But it most …

Summer With COPD: How to Avoid Complications

For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, summer heat is not only uncomfortable, it can lead to dangerous complications. Extreme heat and humidity can worsen COPD symptoms, including increased shortening of breath and bronchospasms. Here’s a closer look at the problems you can encounter with COPD in hot weather, and how to prevent serious summertime complications. Worsening Dyspnea …

COPD Hypoxia Symptoms and Treatment

COPD and Hypoxia Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causes breathing difficulty. COPD is a group of lung conditions that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both conditions are characterized by restriction of airflow. The inability to get enough oxygen to the lungs raises your risk for developing hypoxia. Hypoxia is a condition marked by an inadequate oxygen supply to the cells …

Many COPD Patients Have Trouble Finding Care

  They can face high out-of-pocket costs, lack access to treatment. Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease face high out-of-pocket costs and other significant barriers to adequate medical care, a new report finds. “This report reveals a real patchwork of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” the report’s lead author, Dr. Meilan Han, said in a news release …

4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD — and How to Cope

There’s treatment, hope and help for COPD It’s a sad fact that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, have trouble doing what connects us to life – they can’t easily breathe. The disease can affect their airways, air sacs or both. Remarkably, it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the …

What Are Beneficial Vitamins for COPD Patients?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often called COPD, affects more than 12 million Americans and is the fourth most common cause of death in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Two diseases come under the umbrella term “COPD”: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of both diseases, although non-smokers can also …

Magnesium Supplements & COPD

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a respiratory disease characterized by a variety of symptoms, including difficulty exhaling, wheezing, chest tightness and a mucous-producing cough. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema can lead to COPD in some people. COPD is a major cause of disability throughout the world, affecting 64 million people, with rates expected to increase, according to 2004 World Health …

Cannabis oil is having success treating COPD

COPD is the often used term for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” a rather clumsy and vague description for most of us. It includes a few different lung issues, such as emphysema, bronchiectasis and chronic bronchitis. The scary part is that it’s a mystery to our pharmaceutical-dependent medical system. And it gets progressively worse, often leading to death. It’s third in …

Omega-3 Compound May Reduce COPD Infections

by Salynn Boyles Compounds derived from omega-3 fatty acids showed promise for preventing a bacterial respiratory infection that is a common cause of disease exacerbation and hospitalization in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to early results in animal studies. An inhalable derivative of the omega-3 specialized proresolving mediator, aspirin-triggered resolvin D1 (AT-RvD1), reduced inflammation without impairing bacterial …

Music Therapy Effective for COPD Patients

  Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may achieve better pulmonary rehabilitation outcomes when rehab is combined with music therapy, according to findings published in Respiratory Medicine. Researchers from the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine tested 68 COPD patients aged 48 to 88 with moderate to severe disease in order to examine the effect of …