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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.
Piedmont Atlanta first in Georgia to offer new treatment option for people with emphysema

Piedmont Atlanta first in Georgia to offer new treatment option for people with emphysema

Researchers highlight the need for increased mental health care for smokers with COPD

Researchers highlight the need for increased mental health care for smokers with COPD

Eisenhower Health first in Southern California to offer new lung valve treatment for COPD/emphysema

Eisenhower Health first in Southern California to offer new lung valve treatment for COPD/emphysema

Crackling and wheezing could be the sounds of a progressing lung disease

Crackling and wheezing could be the sounds of a progressing lung disease

Graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packs may deter some sales

Graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packs may deter some sales

Dietary fiber could help prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Dietary fiber could help prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Study: Illnesses and injuries related to working in Illinois mines go underreported

Study: Illnesses and injuries related to working in Illinois mines go underreported

New X-ray measurement approach could lead to a better way to calibrate CT scanners

New X-ray measurement approach could lead to a better way to calibrate CT scanners

Study finds link between vaping and wheezing

Study finds link between vaping and wheezing

Study: COPD patients need more support when understanding new chest symptoms

Study: COPD patients need more support when understanding new chest symptoms

Study uncovers new clues to lung transplant rejection

Study uncovers new clues to lung transplant rejection

Researchers use mouse models to explain the developmental process behind COPD

Researchers use mouse models to explain the developmental process behind COPD

Free screening for lung cancer can save money while building healthy relationship with patients

Free screening for lung cancer can save money while building healthy relationship with patients

Penn Highlands becomes first in region to offer bronchoscopic lung volume reduction

Penn Highlands becomes first in region to offer bronchoscopic lung volume reduction

NICE releases new guidelines for diagnosis and management of COPD

NICE releases new guidelines for diagnosis and management of COPD

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