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  1. Experts Find Dangers in Emphysema Surgery

    Aug. 15, 2001 -- After taking another look at an operation that has been becoming more common for emphysema patients, researchers have found the procedure can be dangerous and even deadly to some people with severe cases of the disease. Emphysema is a disease largely associated with smoking and stri

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  2. Antibiotics No Help for Most Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis

    April 2, 2001 -- New guidelines for treating emphysema and chronic bronchitis show that several popular treatments aren't needed -- but they come up short on alternatives. The guidelines, published in the April 3 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the April issue of CHEST, for the first ti

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  3. Left Breathless?

    Feb. 23, 2001 -- Shortness of breath so extreme it's difficult to talk, or even get dressed in the morning without feeling exhausted -- that's what doctors call chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It's common among long-time smokers, a cause of lung damage called emphysema. In others, COPD

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  4. Less Lung Means More Comfort for Emphysema Patients

    Oct. 24, 2000 -- Emphysema causes a person's lungs to become stretched out and floppy, unable to bounce back after each breath. People with severe emphysema may need extra oxygen just to get through the day, and many are so short of breath they can barely walk across a room. Lung experts think that

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  5. Regular Marijuana Use Could Lead to Emphysema

    March 20, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Chronic marijuana smoking may lead to emphysema, a serious disorder in which areas of lung tissue are destroyed and replaced with cysts, according to a paper published in this month's issue of the journal Thorax. In the paper, Martin Johnson, MD, of the department of re

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  6. Lung Surgery Helps, but Doesn't Cure Emphysema

    Nov. 3, 1999 (Chicago) -- It may sound odd, but cutting out the diseased portions of the lungs in patients with severe emphysema actually helps them. A new study shows that patients with end-stage emphysema report that they feel better for several years after they undergo lung volume reduction surge

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  7. COPD Treatments: Improving Your Quality of Life

    Learn what you can do to feel better and improve your health.

  8. The Big Picture

    COPD presents 13 million Americans with new challenges and opportunities for better health.

  9. COPD and Your Diet

    Learn why -- and what you can do to stay healthier.

  10. COPD Q and A

    answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about living with COPD, its symptoms, treatment, and causes.

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