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Does COPD show up on an X-ray?

Does COPD show up on an X-ray?

A chest X-ray of someone with suspected chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a standard part of a diagnosis. The resulting image may reveal enlarged lungs, a flattened diaphragm, or potentially dangerous air pockets in the lungs called bullae. COPD is a serious condition and is the third leading cause of death in the […]

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Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?

Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?

Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, are risk factors for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Alcohol may be a contributing factor because of its relationship with tobacco, but researchers have found it difficult to identify an independent link between alcohol and the disease. People who drink often smoke, which can make it challenging to distinguish a […]

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Can ulcerative colitis be fatal?

Can ulcerative colitis be fatal?

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term disease of the large intestine or colon. While the condition itself is not fatal, it can cause life-threatening complications in rare instances. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). According to estimates, it may affect as many as 907,000 people in the United States. In this […]

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What is the average age for COPD?

What is the average age for COPD?

It may be harder for cells to repair themselves as the body ages, and this may play a role in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD. Younger people are still at risk, but increasing age may mean more lung damage and exposure to risk factors, and so a higher risk. […]

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Can COPD run in families?

Can COPD run in families?

Genetic factors may increase a person’s risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but there are more significant risk factors, such as smoking. Many components play a role in the development of COPD, which means that there may be ways to prevent it or reduce the risk. COPD is the term for a group […]

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Breast cancer: Marker of deadly recurrence identified

Breast cancer: Marker of deadly recurrence identified

Levels of a particular protein in breast cancer cells that escape the primary tumor and migrate to the bone could be an indicator of lethal cancer recurrence, according to a recent study. Tests using a newly discovered protein marker ‘could further improve curative treatment of breast cancer,’ researchers say. The process of forming secondary tumors […]

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Keto diet may protect against cognitive decline

Keto diet may protect against cognitive decline

Ketogenic, or keto, diets are low-carb and fat-rich, and many people who follow such regimens do it to shed excess weight. However, a keto diet may bring other benefits, too. In particular, it may help keep the brain healthy and young, as new research in mice seems to suggest. Can a keto diet protect brain […]

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What tests are used to diagnose COPD?

What tests are used to diagnose COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is the medical name for a group of long-term lung conditions. Doctors use a number of tests to diagnose people with COPD. Symptoms of COPD, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and fatigue, can be similar to the signs of other lung conditions. COPD often gets progressively worse over […]

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How to make a heating pad at home

How to make a heating pad at home

Using a heating pad can help ease aches and pains, and reduce stiffness in the muscles and joints. This is one way to provide heat therapy, or thermotherapy. Many people use heating pads to reduce neck pain, back pain, muscle aches, symptoms of arthritis, and menstrual cramps. In this article, we describe three ways to […]