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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: 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

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