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Emphysema is a debilitating disease that afflicts more than three million Americans. The disease is caused primarily by smoking and leads to a progressive, irreversible breakdown of lung tissue. This breakdown reduces the amount of lung tissue available for gas exchange and also impairs the lung's ability to inflate and deflate normally. As the disease advances, the most damaged areas of the lung over inflate within the chest cavity, trapping air and preventing the healthier lung areas from functioning normally. Eventually breathing becomes more difficult, leaving patients constantly feeling out-of-breath.
Immune cell study could signal new approach to tackling infections

Immune cell study could signal new approach to tackling infections

New study reveals potential drug to combat life-threatening effects of COPD

New study reveals potential drug to combat life-threatening effects of COPD

Exosome isolation using ultracentrifugation

Exosome isolation using ultracentrifugation

Improving fungal disease diagnostics could help battle against antimicrobial resistance

Improving fungal disease diagnostics could help battle against antimicrobial resistance

Scientists identify sugar molecule that reduces inflammatory response and COPD progression

Scientists identify sugar molecule that reduces inflammatory response and COPD progression

Scientists discover how COPD patients' lungs lose ability to repair damages

Scientists discover how COPD patients' lungs lose ability to repair damages

Getting drugs to bugs in NTM lung infections: an interview with Dr Jakko van Ingen

Getting drugs to bugs in NTM lung infections: an interview with Dr Jakko van Ingen

Deprived patients with chronic lung disease more likely to face malnutrition risk

Deprived patients with chronic lung disease more likely to face malnutrition risk

Barriers to internet use for self-care may be preventing women from managing chronic conditions

Barriers to internet use for self-care may be preventing women from managing chronic conditions

High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

New study finds two olfactory receptors in human lung tissue

New study finds two olfactory receptors in human lung tissue

Carotenoid pigment compound reduces invasiveness of tumors in mouse models of lung cancer

Carotenoid pigment compound reduces invasiveness of tumors in mouse models of lung cancer

Home non-invasive ventilation for COPD: an interview with Dr Holger Woehrle

Home non-invasive ventilation for COPD: an interview with Dr Holger Woehrle

UIC researchers receive grant to study impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients

UIC researchers receive grant to study impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients

Managing low-risk acute care without hospitalization appears to be safe and reduces costs

Managing low-risk acute care without hospitalization appears to be safe and reduces costs

Study explains long-term pulmonary outcomes among childhood cancer survivors

Study explains long-term pulmonary outcomes among childhood cancer survivors

New disease gene linked to shortened telomeres appears to raise risk of pulmonary fibrosis-emphysema

New disease gene linked to shortened telomeres appears to raise risk of pulmonary fibrosis-emphysema

High medical costs force many Australians to skip healthcare treatment

High medical costs force many Australians to skip healthcare treatment

Testing lung health online: an interview with Professor Stephen Holgate

Testing lung health online: an interview with Professor Stephen Holgate

New lung-targeted gene therapy shows promise in improving treatment for emphysema

New lung-targeted gene therapy shows promise in improving treatment for emphysema