Lung Medical Reference
- Phrenic Nerve: What to Know
Find out what you need to know about the phrenic nerve. Learn about its location, function, and disorders that may affect your health.
- Outdoor Air Quality and Air Pollution
Poor-quality outdoor air, whether it’s caused by wildfires, car emissions, or natural things like pollen or mold, can affect your health. Here’s a look at symptoms of air pollution and how to protect yourself.
- Dangers in Delay of RSV Care for Older Adults
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can lead to serious health issues in older adults. Find out why getting timely care is important.
- Treating Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Older Adults
It’s often mistaken for the common cold. But it can be dangerous or even deadly if you’re over 65. Find out what you can do about RSV.
- Understanding Types of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Get the basics about this species of bacteria, including how many exist, where they’re found, and the health issues they can cause.
- Treatment: Why You Need to Stay the Course
Treatment for mycobacteria avium complex can last a year or more. Find out what to expect and what you need to know to help you stay the course.
- Who Can Get Mycobacteria Avium Complex (MAC)?
Anyone can get mycobacteria avium complex, but some people are more vulnerable than others. Get the facts on risk factors that might affect you.
- Mycobacterium Avium Complex: What to Expect
With time, Mycobacterium avium complex often can be cured. Find out what things may affect your outlook and steps you can take to help in your recovery.
- NTM Mycobacterium Avium Complex Treatment Options
Treatment for mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) depends on several things. Here’s what your doctor will consider when planning your care.
- What Are Fracking’s Possible Health Effects?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a way to collect underground natural gas. Here’s what we know so far about this its risks to the environment and health.
- What Is Negative Pressure Ventilation?
A negative pressure ventilator is a machine outside your body that helps you breathe. Learn about its history during pandemics and more.
- Watch Out, Adults: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Isn’t Just for Babies
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is common in babies. But it also can be very serious for older adults. Find out how you can protect yourself.
- Why Some Adults Are More Susceptible to More Serious RSV
Symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) may not seem serious. But it can be dangerous if you’re an older adult. Find out who's most at risk.
- What Is Langya Henipavirus?
Experts have found a new virus that starts in animals and can spread to humans. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for Langya virus.
- Could a Clinical Trial Be an Option for EGFR-Positive NSCLC?
You’ll have more treatment options for EGFR-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) now than ever before. But doctors are still testing new treatments and combinations in clinical trials. Find out if a clinical trial may be an option for you.
- What to Know About Pursed-Lip Breathing
Learn what pursed-lip breathing is and how to use it to improve shortness of breath during exertion.
- What Is Aspergillus?
Learn about the fungus Aspergillus and the many forms of aspergillosis that it can cause.
- What Is a Nasal Cannula?
A nasal cannula is a medical device used to provide supplemental oxygen. Learn about what to expect from one.
- What to Know About a Bronchospasm
What is a bronchospasm? Bronchospasm is contractions in your airways caused by other conditions, allergies, or exposure to certain air-borne elements. Learn more about them and how you can treat them.
- What Is Pulmonary Angiography?
Learn about pulmonary angiography, a method to view blood vessels near your lungs, and the differences between this method and CTA.
- Treating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
There are ways to manage pulmonary arterial hypertension.
- What to Know About a Pulmonary Contusion?
What is a pulmonary contusion? Pulmonary contusions are lung bruises that are often caused by blunt trauma. Learn about its symptoms and how to treat them.
- Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke
When a wildfire rages, the flames are the biggest threat, but the smoke poses its own risks. Find out the symptoms to be aware of, who’s most at risk for health issues, and steps you can take to limit the amount of smoke you breathe in.
- What Is an Oxygen Concentrator?
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that can help you breathe. Find out when you might need one and how to use it.
- What to Know About a VQ Scan
What does a VQ scan do? Your doctor may request this test to measure air and blood flow.
- What to Know About Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Pleurodesis
Find out what you need to know about VATS pleurodesis, including how it works, conditions treated, risks, and recovery.
- What Is Hemothorax?
Hemothorax: learn the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment for bleeding around the lungs.
- What Is Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis?
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare lung condition. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for this condition today.
- What Is a Body Plethysmography?
Body plethysmography is testing for lung conditions. Learn about how it’s performed, how to prepare for it, and more.
- PEFR: What to Know
PEFR stands for peak expiratory flow rate. It's a test that measures how fast you can exhale. Learn more about PEFR, why your doctor may suggest this test, how to prepare, what to expect, and possible complications.
- What Is Respiratory Acidosis?
Respiratory acidosis is your body's response to having too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in your lungs. Learn what causes it, its symptoms, and how to treat it.
- What to Know About Acid-Base Balance
Find out what you need to know about your acid-base balance, and discover how it may affect your health.
- What Is Empyema?
Empyema is when you have pus between your lung and the membrane around it. Learn about empyema’s symptoms, treatment, and more.
- What to Know About M. catarrhalis
Learn about the various symptoms related to M. catarrhalis and how to treat them.
- What Causes Pneumomediastinum?
Learn what pneumomediastinum is, what causes it and how to manage the condition.
- Can Black Mold Kill You?
Find out how dangerous black mold is, and discover the risks, precautions you should take, and how it may affect health.
- What Is Skeletal Tuberculosis?
Skeletal Tuberculosis affects bones and joints. Learn more about what causes this disease, what to expect if you have it, and more.
- What Is a Viral URI?
Catching a cold means you've got a viral upper respiratory infection, or URI. Read on to learn what a viral URI is, including its causes, symptoms, and more.
- What Is Lipoid Pneumonia?
Lipoid pneumonia occurs when fat in the lungs causes inflammation. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for this condition.
- What Are Airborne Diseases?
Learn about how airborne diseases spread, the common types, how to prevent them, and more.
- What to Know About an Airway Obstruction
Find out what you need to know about an airway obstruction, and discover the causes, treatment, and how it may affect your health.
- Mucormycosis: What to Know
Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, is a rare but dangerous fungal infection.
- What to Know About Non-Rebreather Masks
Find out what you need to know about non-rebreather masks and discover their uses, risks, benefits, and how they may affect health.
- ECMO: What You Need to Know
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a treatment that adds oxygen to your blood and pumps it through your body. Learn how it works, when you might need it, and what to expect.
- Health Benefits of Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Find out what a humidifier or dehumidifier can do for you.
- How Are Systemic Sclerosis and ILD Linked?
If you have an autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis, you’re at high risk to get interstitial lung disease, too. These diseases both involve inflammation and can lead to breathing problems. Find out how to get screened early and get the latest breakthrough treatments.
- Support for Systemic Sclerosis With Interstitial Lung Disease
When you have systemic sclerosis with interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD), it’s important to get support. Learn more about how to get started.
- Treatment Options for Systemic Sclerosis Interstitial Lung Disease
Learn about treatment for systemic sclerosis with interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD).
- Tests for Interstitial Lung Disease
If you have systemic sclerosis, don’t ignore that chronic cough. It could be a sign of interstitial lung disease. Here’s the latest on tests to detect it.