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Exposure to Disinfectants Linked to COPD

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The risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is higher in those who use disinfectants at least once a week than in those who do not, a preliminary observational study of a large cohort of female nurses in the United States reveals. “We’re not really surprised by the results,” said …

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Exercises for Hyperexpanded Lungs

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Hyperexpanded lungs occur when the air sacs of the lungs break down and become enlarged. This affects the lungs’ ability to take in new air, making it difficult to breathe, particularly when you exhale. This condition is most commonly associated with lung problems such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary …

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Regular Use of Bleach Linked to COPD

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Sept. 13, 2017 — Regular use of disinfectants such as bleach is linked to a higher risk of lung diseases, according to a study’s preliminary findings. Researchers say that weekly exposure to specific disinfectants was enough to raise the risk of having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by up to almost a third. …

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Popular Cleaning Products Linked To COPD In New Study

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If you’ve ever used bleach or other commercial cleaning products, you’re probably very aware of the toxic smell they fill your home with. According to a new study, using bleach and other common household disinfectants increases the risk of developing fatal lung disease. The Study The study was led by …

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What Are the Causes of Hyperinflated Lungs?

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  Hyperinflation of the lungs is a term used to describe excessive, large or heightened increase in lung tissues. Hyper in the medical field means excessive. Understanding the causes and the symptoms of lung hyperinflation helps prompt individuals to seek treatment. The severity and symptoms of hyperinflated lungs will also …

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Top Treatments and Natural Remedies for COPD

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a major health concern in the U.S. This disease of the respiratory system causes restricted airflow and an abnormal inflammatory response, which can make something as simple as breathing extremely difficult. With over 11 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with COPD, it is important …

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8 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

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More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Almost as many may not realize that their shortness of breath and coughing are in fact symptoms of this debilitating condition. Pursed-lip breathing Changing the way you breathe can ease shortness of breath. Pursed-lip breathing “is like breathing …

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New Guidelines Tout Pulmonary Rehab, Home Care, for COPD

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Respiratory therapists know pulmonary rehabilitation can help COPD patients regain lost functioning, and many believe these patients can be effectively treated at home when the condition flares up as well. In a new set of guidelines aimed at helping clinicians care for COPD patients with an acute exacerbation, the American …

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Best Foods for COPD and Peripheral Artery Disease

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It’s great we can improve athletic performance by eating a few beets, but so what if you run 5% faster? It can be a fun experiment to eat a can of beets and maybe shave a minute off your 5k time, but there are people who could really benefit from a more …

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Many COPD Patients Struggle To Pay For Each Breath

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Juanita Milton, who suffers from COPD, uses her nebulizer with albuterol sulfate at her home in Live Oak, Texas. Carolyn Van Houten for Kaiser Health News After a lifetime of smoking, Juanita Milton needs help breathing. She’s tethered to an oxygen tank 24/7 and uses two drug inhalers a day, …

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