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  1. 10 Risky Jobs for Your Lungs

    Your lungs work hard. Most adults take more than 20,000 breaths a day. But just how well your lungs do their job may be affected by the job you do. Chemicals. Germs. Tobacco smoke and dirt. Fibers, dust, and even things you might not think are dangerous can damage your airway and threaten your lungs

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  2. Tips for Staying Healthy With AAT Deficiency

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: Even the name for this inherited lung problem can be hard to understand. You may have no symptoms, or you may feel short of breath often with AAT deficiency. But whatever your situation, you can take steps at home and at work to feel your best. Many people with AAT de

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  3. How to Recognize AAT Deficiency

    When Bob Campbell found out that he had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency at age 55, he'd never heard of this inherited lung disease before. Most people haven't.  But once he learned more, it made sense. "That diagnosis explained so much," he says. Campbell had emphysema by his late 20s. He had a famil

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  4. Treatments for AAT Deficiency

    If you have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AAT deficiency), there's treatment that can help you can feel better, live longer, and breathe easier. There's only one specific treatment that actually targets COPD caused by AAT deficiency -- augmentation therapy. It's also called replacement therapy. It

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, affects more than 12 million American adults. The term COPD includes two types of lung conditions: emphysema and bronchitis. Many people diagnosed with COPD have both emphysema and bronchitis. Together, the two reduce the amount of oxygen exchange in t

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