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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.
Study examines whether taking multiple medications for heart failure can limit abilities in older adults

Study examines whether taking multiple medications for heart failure can limit abilities in older adults

Obesity linked to COPD in never-smokers

Obesity linked to COPD in never-smokers

Self-care program for COPD patients reduces emergency room visits and burdensome symptoms

Self-care program for COPD patients reduces emergency room visits and burdensome symptoms

For wildfire safety, only particular masks guard against toxic particulate matter

For wildfire safety, only particular masks guard against toxic particulate matter

Common biomarker of kidney disease may also indicate COPD

Common biomarker of kidney disease may also indicate COPD

CHMP issues positive opinion supporting use of Trelegy Ellipta in broader group of COPD patients

CHMP issues positive opinion supporting use of Trelegy Ellipta in broader group of COPD patients

Abnormal levels of metabolites can reliably predict lung disease in 9/11 firefighters

Abnormal levels of metabolites can reliably predict lung disease in 9/11 firefighters

Temple University Hospital becomes the first in U.S. to perform BLVR using Zephyr valve

Temple University Hospital becomes the first in U.S. to perform BLVR using Zephyr valve

Passive smoking exposure among kids greatly increases COPD risk late in life

Passive smoking exposure among kids greatly increases COPD risk late in life

Study finds role of autoimmunity in development of COPD

Study finds role of autoimmunity in development of COPD

Study helps to better understand disease caused by Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Study helps to better understand disease caused by Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

E-cigarettes not so safe but still better than cigarettes

E-cigarettes not so safe but still better than cigarettes

Drug used in stem cell therapy may protect against smoke-induced lung injury

Drug used in stem cell therapy may protect against smoke-induced lung injury

Pulmonx announces FDA approval of Zephyr Endobronchial Valve to treat severe emphysema

Pulmonx announces FDA approval of Zephyr Endobronchial Valve to treat severe emphysema

FDA grants approval for new device to treat breathing difficulty caused by severe emphysema

FDA grants approval for new device to treat breathing difficulty caused by severe emphysema

Tonsil and adenoid removal increases long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases

Tonsil and adenoid removal increases long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases

Bubble pop? Brownie batter? Vapes’ added flavors fuel e-cig debate

Bubble pop? Brownie batter? Vapes’ added flavors fuel e-cig debate

Unnecessary antibiotic use for asthma exacerbations linked to increased hospital stays, costs

Unnecessary antibiotic use for asthma exacerbations linked to increased hospital stays, costs

Quitting cigarettes linked to better lung health than long-term light smoking

Quitting cigarettes linked to better lung health than long-term light smoking

Deadly form of black lung disease found to be increasing among U.S. coal miners

Deadly form of black lung disease found to be increasing among U.S. coal miners