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  1. Supplements and Herbal Medicine for COPD

    Many people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) turn to dietary supplements and herbal medicine, as well as conventional Western medicine, to treat the lung disease. "The curiosity is definitely there," says Cleveland Clinic pulmonologist Umur Hatipoglu, MD. "And there is pretty convin

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  2. COPD Prognosis

    If you’re one of the 12 million Americans diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you’re at a turning point.   Though you're facing a life-threatening lung disease, knowing that you have it means you can start taking action. That puts you ahead of another 12 million Americans wh

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  3. 6 Quit-Smoking Tips for COPD

    Quitting smoking is a top priority for all smokers, but if you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) it's even more urgent. Here's why: If you quit, it might be possible to slow down the disease and lessen the toll it takes on your breathing, but only if you cut out cigarettes permanentl

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  4. Tai Chi Benefits People With COPD

    Aug. 9, 2012 -- The gentle movements of Sun-style tai chi (SSTC) can improve the lives and boost the exercise endurance of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a new study by Australian researchers. After 12 weeks, practitioners of this form of tai chi could walk longer di

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  5. FDA Approves New Inhaler for COPD

    July 24, 2012 -- The FDA has approved a new inhaled drug for the treatment of the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The drug, called Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide), is a dry powder inhaler. It improves airflow by relaxing the muscles around the large airways of the lu

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  6. COPD: 11 Foods to Avoid Weight Loss

    If you have COPD, your calorie requirements may be higher than you think.  A person with COPD can burn 10 times as many calories breathing as a healthy person.  Your body uses food as fuel for energy and all its bodily functions, including breathing.  Eating a healthy high-calorie diet won't cure CO

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  7. Cured Meats May Worsen COPD

    March 9, 2012 -- People with the lung disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who overdo it on bacon, salami, and other cured meats may be at greater risk for experiencing a flare-up that lands them back in the hospital. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic lung diseases including chro

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  8. Household Hazards for People With COPD

    Smoking poses an enormous threat to the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- and no wonder. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 43 that are known to cause cancer. Outdoor air pollution is another significant threat. But those are not the only t

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  9. Study: 1 in 4 People Likely to Develop COPD

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- About one in four adults age 35 and over can be expected to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The average woman in her mid-30s is more than three times as likely to develop the progressive and potentially deadly lung disorder as breast canc

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  10. Long-Term Antibiotic May Reduce COPD Problems

    Aug. 23, 2011 -- A common antibiotic, taken for a year, reduced the number of flare-ups in patients with the lung disease known as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), according to new research. ''In patients with COPD at high risk for flare-ups, the addition of daily azithromycin for one y

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