Lung News & Features
RSV Season Has Started, and This Year Could Be Different
- Having Lung Problems? Eat Your Veggies, Science Says
August 16, 2023 — You know vegetables are good for you. But now, research shows that some may protect your lungs.
- A Breath of Fresh Air: Purifiers for Spaces Post-Pandemic
June 19, 2023 — Air purifiers spiked consumer interest post-pandemic as people sought cleaner air that lowered complications from illnesses such as COVID-19.
- Study Says Software for Common Lung Test is Racially Biased
June 2, 2023 — Lung problems in Black people are widely underdiagnosed or missed altogether because racist medical ideas stretching back centuries have been programmed into medical software used today, a new study shows.
- TB Cases Rise in U.S., Particularly Among Young Children
May 9, 2023 — Tuberculosis cases in the United States rose last year, particularly among young children, the Centers for Disease control says in a new report.
- What Does Vaping Do? New Research Shows Damage and Addiction
April 26, 2023 — What do scientists know about the harms of vaping? Evidence is still inconclusive and mostly based on cell and animal research, but these early studies show that vapers will likely face long-term health woes.
- Forgotten but Not Gone: Epidemic of Vaping Illness Continues
April 25, 2023 — Patients are still suffering from the effects of lung damage linked to vaping, and have been largely ignored by researchers and the government.
- Report Finds 1 in 3 Living with Unhealthy Air Pollution
April 19, 2023 — Almost 120 million people in the United States, or more than 1 in 3, live amid unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association’s new “State of the Air” Report.
- Equal Access to Treatment May Improve PAH Care for Minorities
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare and progressive disease that’s hard to diagnose. But early treatment is key. Here’s a look at how PAH affects people of color and what can be done to improve health outcomes.
- More Research, Advocacy Can Improve PAH Disparities
Learn about the health disparities affecting people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and see which solutions are working to stop inequalities in care.
- Advocates Decry ‘Environmental Apartheid’ in Port Cities
Shipping industries boomed during the pandemic. Without the protection of a gutted Environmental Protection Agency, communities next door are paying the price.
- Keeping Track of Your Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
A lung specialist explains two common tests doctors use to monitor your PAH.
- Fungi That Cause Lung Infections Now Found in Most States: Study
November 30, 2022 — Soil-dwelling fungi that can cause lung infections are more widespread than most doctors thought, sometimes leading to missed diagnoses, according to a new study.
- Pediatricians Call for National Emergency as Flu, RSV Surge
November 17, 2022 — Pediatricians are imploring the federal government to declare a national emergency as cases of pediatric respiratory illnesses continue to soar.
- Work Absences Hit Record Amid Viral Outbreaks
November 16, 2022 — The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that viral infections are causing unprecedented child-care strains in the United States, leading to a record number of absences from work.
- RSV Hospitalizations 10 Times Higher for Older Adults
November 15, 2022 — Respiratory syncytial virus, the common, highly contagious, virus that infects the respiratory tract of many young children, is now sending more older people to the hospital.
- Cold Takes Your Breath Away: How to Breathe Easier in Winter
November 11, 2022 — People with respiratory disorders (like asthma, COPD, sinusitis, or allergies) or who may be dealing with long-term effects of COVID-19 often find breathing difficult in colder temperatures.
- Global Tuberculosis Cases, Deaths Rise During COVID Pandemic
October 28, 2022 — The number of tuberculosis cases and deaths in 2021 increased from the previous year as the COVID pandemic disrupted medical services globally, the World Health Organization reported.
- Signs Your PAH Treatment Isn't Working
Know what to look for and which steps to take when your pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment isn't going the way it should.
- Exercising When You Have Pulmonary Hypertension
Staying active can benefit your condition. Learn ways to get moving safely.
- Living My Life to the Fullest With Pulmonary Hypertension
Nicole Creech was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension 12 years ago, and she’s still going strong.
- CBD Oil and Lung Disease
CBD products abound, in all kinds of forms. Despite marketing claims, there’s no proof they’ll help lung disease. Learn the facts on CBD and where research stands.
- Lung Disease and Masks: Myths and Facts
If you have a lung disease like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s important to take steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other viruses. But you might be wondering if wearing a face mask to lower your risk of illness will make it harder to breathe, or even make your lung disease worse.
- When Lung Disease Interrupts Your Exercise Routine
Chronic lung disease can make you feel breathless and sap your muscle tone. You may be afraid to exercise or do the activities you once enjoyed. Exercise is not only safe with lung disease, it improves your breathing, strength, and self-esteem. Find out how to get back into exercise if your lung disease has sidelined you recently.
- Lung Disease: Facts You Need to Know
Many people newly diagnosed with lung disease want answers now, rather than finding them out on their own later. Learn what to ask your doctor upfront, and how to gather other tools to manage lung disease.
- Coronavirus: 5 Ways to Control What You Can
During a crisis, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Left unrecognized or ignored, anxiety and stress can have negative consequences on your physical, emotional, and mental health. Try these five strategies to manage your feelings.
- What Are the Early Warning Signs of Vaping Illness?
Many people have been hospitalized, and some have died from vaping illness. But how do you know if you have it? Here’s what to look out for.
- Exercise With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) can make breathing difficult. But along with the right treatments, exercise can make you breathe a little easier.
- Caregiving Tips for a Loved One With COPD
Learn how you can juggle all tasks of being a caregiver for someone with COPD if you plan ahead, stay organized, and get the support you need.
- Living Your Best With Pulmonary Hypertension
When you have PAH, a few key lifestyle strategies can help you thrive.
- Techniques to Help You Breathe Easier
Anxiety and panic are normal reactions to feeling you can’t get your breath. It’s also hard to watch someone you care for struggle to breathe. WebMD offers tips that COPD patients and caregivers can use during episodes of breathlessness.
- At Last, Quit Smoking for Good
The most important thing anyone with COPD who smokes can do is quit smoking. The second most important thing is to be in a smoke-free environment. Whether you have COPD or are caring for someone with COPD, find out what the experts say about how to quit smoking and make it last.
- Indoor Air Pollution: Are You at Risk?
Cigarette smoke and other irritants can build up indoors, causing allergic reactions, asthma, even lung cancer. Learn about your risk factors and what to do.
- SARS Lessons Unlearned
Will SARS hit hard again this year or in the future? Experts go over what happened and what may be next.
- Diseases From Animals -- What's Next?
As experts are learning, the list of infectious diseases borne from animals is by no means complete.
- Artificial Lung Closer to Clinical Trial
A device the size of a soda can may help buy time for people who need lung transplants.