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  1. Breathing With COPD

    When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, shortness of breath may be a daily and unwelcome fact of life. Perhaps your doctor is urging you to enter a pulmonary rehabilitation program to help you manage your disease better. Or maybe you’ve heard about various breathing techniques,

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  2. COPD and Sex

    If you or your partner are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, you may be wondering what effect COPD will have on your sexuality. Will sex be possible? Will it be safe? Satisfying? COPD symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath will almost certainly change the way you

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  3. At Last, Quit Smoking for Good

    If you have COPD, the most important step you can take to manage your condition is to quit smoking. Your second most important step is to live in a smoke-free environment. Whether you directly inhale smoke or get it from secondhand smoke, cigarette smoke accelerates the damage already going on in th

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  4. Short of Breath? Tips for COPD Breathlessness

    Whether you have COPD or someone you love has COPD, an episode of breathlessness can wreak havoc with your emotions. Breathlessness is a common symptom of a COPD exacerbation. Since we all need oxygen to live, the feeling of not being able to get enough air can trigger a “suffocation alarm.” The nat

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  5. Understanding and Treating COPD

    Anyone can have trouble breathing once in a while. But for those who have COPD, debilitating symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and poor lung function can seem relentless. If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you need to know that while it can’t be cured, it can be man

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  6. Outdoor Pollution and Lung Function Effects

    In 1996, the city of Atlanta took dramatic steps to improve the city's air quality for the summer Olympics. In the process, it showed how reducing air pollution can improve lung function. What city officials did -- switching to rapid transit and buses that ran on natural gas instead of diesel -- dec

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  7. Breathe Easy: 5 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

    We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), f

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  8. Indoor Air Pollution: Are You at Risk?

    Coughing. Burning eyes. Stuffy nose. If these are chronic problems for you, indoor air pollution could be to blame. A home or office can harbor asthma- and allergy-causing gases and air particles. In fact, indoor air pollution is now recognized as a serious source of respiratory diseases, including

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  9. SARS Lessons Unlearned

    Will SARS come back? Experts agree only on this: It won't be the last worldwide killer epidemic. A year ago, severe acute respiratory syndrome -- SARS -- was unknown. Like a winged dragon, it suddenly emerged from China, taking only a month to spread death from Asia to North America. And like a slee

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  10. Diseases From Animals -- What's Next?

    We've watched West Nile virus fly from coast to coast. We've seen SARS spread from Asia to North America. We've had several close calls with killer bird flu viruses. And don't forget the still-unsolved anthrax bioterror attacks. All in less than a decade. We can't help waiting for the other shoe to

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