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What to know about lung cancer

What to know about lung cancer

Lung cancer is a condition that causes cells to divide in the lungs uncontrollably. This causes the growth of tumors that reduce a person’s ability to breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 218,527 people in the United States received a lung cancer diagnosis in 2015. Early diagnosis can help a person seek treatment, […]

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Common drug may increase lung cancer risk

Common drug may increase lung cancer risk

A study published this week in The BMJ concludes that treatment with a particular blood pressure medication increases the risk of lung cancer, compared with other blood pressure drugs. A widely used hypertension drug comes under scrutiny in a new study. People use angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor drugs (ACEIs) for managing hypertension. They are effective, […]

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Cancer ribbon colors: A guide

Cancer ribbon colors: A guide

Cancer ribbons are simple loops of ribbon that people wear to show their support for people who have cancer or to spread awareness about the disease. There are many different types of cancer ribbons, each with their own symbolic color. In this article, we list all the cancer ribbon colors and their purposes, as well […]

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What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

A hookah is a water pipe that allows a person to smoke tobacco, often combining it with sweet flavors, such as apple, chocolate, coconut, licorice, or watermelon. People have used hookahs for centuries in ancient Persia and India. Today, people often smoke a hookah as a group, at home or in cafes or lounges. Other […]

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What are the early signs of lung cancer in men?

What are the early signs of lung cancer in men?

The causes of lung cancer can differ between males and females, as can life expectancies. Also, some types of lung cancer are more common in males. However, symptoms tend to be universal. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths among both […]

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Experimental drug may treat ‘undruggable’ cancers

Experimental drug may treat ‘undruggable’ cancers

Many cancers are hard to treat because they share a faulty cell-signaling pathway that is very difficult to target. Could one new experimental drug on the brink of human trials be the much-needed breakthrough? A new experimental drug could be a significant breakthrough in cancer treatment. The cell-signaling pathway is called RAS/MAPK and it influences […]

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Everything you need to know about bibasilar crackles

Everything you need to know about bibasilar crackles

Using a stethoscope, a doctor can listen to the sounds of the lungs. One type of sound that can indicate a problem is called bibasilar crackles. The sounds of the lungs can provide clues that help a doctor to diagnose an underlying condition. In this article, learn about the conditions that cause bibasilar crackles. We […]

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What to expect from a bronchoscopy

What to expect from a bronchoscopy

A bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside of the lungs, including the bronchi, which are the main pathways into the lungs. During a bronchoscopy, a doctor inserts a thin tube containing a light and camera into the lungs through the nose or mouth. The doctor can use the findings […]

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Bibasilar atelectasis: Symptoms, causes, and complications

Bibasilar atelectasis: Symptoms, causes, and complications

Atelectasis is a partial or total collapse of one or both of the lungs. It occurs when tiny air sacs in the lungs known as alveoli deflate. Bibasilar atelectasis is the collapse of the lowest lobes in both lungs. Bibasilar atelectasis can cause severe complications if left untreated. How doctors deal with it will vary […]