COPD

By now, anyone even slightly versed in health issues understands that cigarette smoking can irretrievably damage the lungs — whether via lung cancer or other disease processes, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It's also true, however, that even people who have never smoked may develop these conditions, and it's not always clear who is at the greatest risk. A recent study indicates that never-smoking women are more likely to develop COPD than never-smoking men.

COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis — both of which impair breathing, but by different mechanisms. Emphysema is a disease in which the tiny air sacs at the ends of the bronchial tree are damaged and collapse. This collapse...

The famous singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as per his manager Robert B. Kory’s statement, “died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7th.  The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful.” 

Ironically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released their estimates of preventable deaths from the five leading causes.  With preventable cancer, stroke and heart disease deaths down, it is unintentional injuries that surged 23% —mainly due to drug poisoning and falls.  

Entertainment Weekly reported “According to recent interviews with the New Yorker, Cohen battled cancer and came to...

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Courtesy of AMA: Age-Adjusted Death Rates, M/F.Total

A fairly detailed study published in the current JAMA explores the temporal trends of deaths in the United States between 1969 and 2013. It's mainly good news. The authors, led by Drs. Jiemin Ma and...

Live Long and Prosper, LeonardA few days ago, Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his classic portrayal of the emotion-challenged half-Vulcan first officer on the USS Enterprise, Mr. Spock (or just Spock if you re in Starfleet Command), announced that he had been diagnosed with COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease.

"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP," the actor tweeted. (The sign-off represents Spock...

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.14.42 PMAs we reported last month, there is significant progress being made in the treatments of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of debilitating diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis results from the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs....

140002752Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions responsible for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic bronchitis results from the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. Emphysema occurs when the air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the smallest air passages in the lungs are gradually and permanently destroyed.

COPD is irreversible, and about nine out of ten cases are caused by smoking. The CDC...