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Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

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  1. Sputum Culture

    A sputum culture is a test to detect and identify bacteria or fungi that are infecting the lungs or breathing passages. Sputum is a thick fluid produced in the lungs and in the airways leading to the lungs.

  2. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Latest Information About SARS

    The following health organizations are tracking and studying severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Their Web sites contain the most up - to - date information, including advice for travelers.The World Health Organization (WHO) offers information about the status of the disease around the world, including summaries of research meetings and an archive of articles about the SARS outbreak of 2003.

  3. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Topic Overview

    Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) occurs when the bacteria are resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampin. This means that these medicines are unable to kill the bacteria. The reasons antibiotic resistance occurs include: Medicine treatment failure. Failure to complete the entire course of treatment is the major cause of multidrug-resistant TB. If all of the medicines prescribed are ...

  4. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Overview

    What is SARS?Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a recently identified respiratory illness that first infected people in parts of Asia, North America, and Europe in late 2002 and early 2003. SARS is caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, a family of viruses that often cause mild to moderate upper respiratory illness, such as the common cold. This virus is known as SARS - CoV.

  5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Topic Overview

    All cases of tuberculosis (TB) are reported to the local or state health department,because the disease can spread to others and cause outbreaks. Major health authorities keep track of TB outbreaks and encourage early testing for people who are at risk for the disease. The CDC recommends TB testing for people who: 1 Have a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or another condition that ...

  6. COPD and Portable Oxygen Therapy

    Using oxygen therapy does not have to make you housebound. Try these tips for using portable oxygen to get out and about.

  7. Inhaled Relief: How COPD Devices Work

    Although there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inhaled medications can reduce COPD symptoms. Get the facts about inhalers and nebulizers.

  8. Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD

    If you have COPD -- or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -- can do for you.

  9. Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, and Colds

    Catching colds when you have a chronic lung disease like COPD or emphysema can lead to serious respiratory infections. Learn more from WebMD about preventing and treating colds.

  10. COPD: Tracking Diet and Treatments

    Here is a chart people with COPD as well as caretakers can use to ensure the best possible management of COPD.

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