Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseInfo Center

Millions of Medical Conditions Tied to Smoking

Many past studies have shown that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy and can cause illnesses like COPD and cancer. Now, a new study has highlighted the extent of these illnesses caused by tobacco.

Combo Therapy May Be Best for COPD

A therapy including two types of inhaled medication could be the best treatment for COPD, a smoking-related condition that affects millions in the US each year.

FDA Approves New Lung Disease Medication

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new medication for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD Linked to Belly Fat and Being Underweight

Being obese can increase the risk for numerous health problems. Being underweight isn't healthy either; it may even raise the risk for chronic lung disease.

Women with Chronic Illness More Likely to Use Mental Health Care

Ongoing illness can burden the mind as it also takes a toll on the body. Counseling and other therapies aimed at boosting a sick individual’s mental wellness is a common course of action for some, but not for all.

Cholesterol Rx Does Not Prevent COPD Flare-Ups

Statins have been found to reduce inflammation in blood vessels and lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Some have thought the medication could have a similar anti-inflammatory effect on COPD.

Healthy Diet for Healthier Lungs in COPD

There are treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, there is no cure for the condition. But that doesn't mean that patients with COPD can't take personal steps to improve their disease-related health.

Benzodiazepines and COPD May Be a Bad Combination

COPD causes difficult breathing, which can lead to anxiety and insomnia. A new study says a common type of medication used to ease these symptoms may not be the best option for those with COPD.

Exercise May Prevent Return Trip to Hospital for COPD Patients

Due to the nature of the disease, people with COPD are typically quite sedentary. New research is giving them a good reason to add even a little exercise into their daily routine.

Trouble Breathing Linked to Trouble Thinking for Seniors

For seniors, having difficulty breathing could be a sign that other medical problems are on the horizon — problems like a decline in memory and thinking abilities.