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 …

How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

For those people living with a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are many factors when measuring one’s health. These factors can include various sets of metrics which help the patient better understand the current state of their health. One of these metrics is oxygen saturation levels. Oxygen saturation is one factor in determining how easy …