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Do BiPAP machines work for COPD?

Do BiPAP machines work for COPD?

BiPAP is a small, easily operated machine that helps a person with COPD to breathe. When using a BiPAP machine, a person takes in pressurized air through a mask to regulate their breathing pattern while they are asleep or when their symptoms flare. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. The condition makes it more […]

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COPD: Tai chi a ‘viable alternative’ to standard treatment

COPD: Tai chi a ‘viable alternative’ to standard treatment

A new study published in the journal Chest has revealed that the ancient martial art is just as effective as pulmonary rehabilitation for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Tai chi originated in China, but more and more people around the world are taking up the practice due to its therapeutic benefits. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease […]

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What is a spigelian hernia?

What is a spigelian hernia?

A spigelian hernia is a hernia through the spigelian fascia or layer of tissue that separates two groups of abdominal muscles. The muscles are called the rectus muscles and the lateral obliques. This type of hernia is also sometimes called a lateral ventral hernia. Unlike most hernias, spigelian hernias do not typically develop below layers […]

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What is the link between FEV1 and COPD?

What is the link between FEV1 and COPD?

FEV1, or forced expiratory volume, is a measurement taken from a pulmonary function test. It calculates the amount of air that a person can force out of their lungs in 1 second. Working out a person’s FEV1 value can help in the diagnosis of a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis may raise COPD risk

Rheumatoid arthritis may raise COPD risk

New research suggests that people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop COPD, which is a group of lung diseases that damage the airways and cause problems with breathing. Researchers find that those with rheumatoid arthritis are 47 percent more likely than others to become hospitalized for COPD. In the journal Arthritis Care & […]

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How can nonsmokers get COPD?

How can nonsmokers get COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, is a common condition most often associated with smoking. However, nonsmokers, and even people who have never smoked, can also develop the disease. According to 2011 research, just over 20 percent of people diagnosed with COPD are nonsmokers. Other causes, such as environment and genetics, play a more […]

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The 10 best asthma blogs

The 10 best asthma blogs

Asthma can sometimes be stressful and challenging. But it does not have to be a limiting condition. We have selected the best asthma blogs that include useful tips and suggestions to help you keep your symptoms under control. Asthma blogs feature educational information, advice, tips, and support from healthcare professionals and those with the condition. […]

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Eosinophilic asthma: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Eosinophilic asthma: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Eosinophilic asthma is a form of asthma associated with high levels of a white blood cell called eosinophils. In the United States (U.S.), an estimated 25.7 million people have some form of asthma, and 15 percent of these people have severe asthma that is difficult to control with standard medications. Eosinophilic asthma is considered a […]

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Household bleach may raise chronic lung disease risk

Household bleach may raise chronic lung disease risk

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of conditions that block the lungs’ airflow and cause breathing problems. And new research suggests that common cleaning products may significantly raise the risk of these illnesses. Most of the products that we use to clean our homes may contain chemicals that are harmful to our lungs. According to the […]