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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.
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

New LIVE scoring tool effectively predicts future risk of hospitalization for COPD patients

New LIVE scoring tool effectively predicts future risk of hospitalization for COPD patients

BTG presents OPTALYSE PE results at Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

BTG presents OPTALYSE PE results at Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

CReM researchers optimize process to engineer disease- or patient-specific lung stem cells

CReM researchers optimize process to engineer disease- or patient-specific lung stem cells

Study finds underreporting of mining-related injuries and illness in Illinois

Study finds underreporting of mining-related injuries and illness in Illinois

Zebra-Med receives CE approval for new algorithm capable of detecting brain bleeds

Zebra-Med receives CE approval for new algorithm capable of detecting brain bleeds

Telomere length testing can alter treatment decisions for certain diseases

Telomere length testing can alter treatment decisions for certain diseases

Research clarifies role of zinc transport mechanism in onset of obstructive pulmonary diseases

Research clarifies role of zinc transport mechanism in onset of obstructive pulmonary diseases

Moderate exercise reduces progression of Marfan syndrome symptoms in mice

Moderate exercise reduces progression of Marfan syndrome symptoms in mice

Study: Fewer new cases of lung cancer found in communities with strong smoke-free laws

Study: Fewer new cases of lung cancer found in communities with strong smoke-free laws

Uncontrolled lung diseases could lead to costly A&E visits and hospital stays

Uncontrolled lung diseases could lead to costly A&E visits and hospital stays

ATS debuts new video to highlight dangers of flavored tobacco

ATS debuts new video to highlight dangers of flavored tobacco

Pollutant from forest and crop fires induces genetic damage in human lung cells

Pollutant from forest and crop fires induces genetic damage in human lung cells

Pharmacological stimulation of nicotinic receptor could be strategy to treat lung inflammation

Pharmacological stimulation of nicotinic receptor could be strategy to treat lung inflammation

Self-management program with customized action plan results in better outcomes for COPD patients

Self-management program with customized action plan results in better outcomes for COPD patients

Antibody therapy found effective in subgroup of patients with treatment-resistant COPD

Antibody therapy found effective in subgroup of patients with treatment-resistant COPD