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Healthy Food for Lungs
July 10, 2023

20 of The Best Foods for Lung Health

Keeping your lungs healthy is essential to feeling your best. Yet, common factors, including exposure to cigarette smoke and environmental toxins, as well as eating an inflammatory diet, can take a toll on this pair of important organs. What’s more, common conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pulmonary fibrosis, can significantly…

Healthy Food for Lungs
COPD and Vaccines
June 21, 2023

What Are the Vaccine Recommendations If You Have COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of chronic (long-term) lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These lung conditions make it difficult to expel air from the lungs. COPD is progressive. This means it gets worse over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 15.7…

COPD and Vaccines
Early Signs of Emphysema
June 05, 2023

What Are Early Signs of Emphysema?

Emphysema can cause chest tightness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that’s caused by damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. This damage makes it hard for the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to shortness of breath, coughing, and…

Early Signs of Emphysema
Pregnant with Asthma and Sleep Apnea
May 23, 2023

Pregnant Women With Asthma, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Have Increased Airways Resistance

Key takeaways: Pregnant women with asthma and obstructive sleep apnea had greater central airway resistance than those without asthma or OSA. These women are more susceptible to dyspnea and respiratory complications. Pregnant women who have both asthma and obstructive sleep apnea have increased central airways resistance, but not increased peripheral airways resistance, according to a…

Pregnant with Asthma and Sleep Apnea
Nicotine and Estrogen
May 11, 2023

Nicotine May Block Estrogen in Women’s Brains, Making It Harder to Quit Smoking

New research shows that nicotine blocks estrogen production in the female brain, which could make it more difficult to quit. Studies have shown that women have a harder time quitting smoking than men do. New research indicates that nicotine blocks the production of estrogen in women’s brains, which could explain why it’s more difficult for…

Nicotine and Estrogen
Understanding COPD Hypoxia
April 26, 2023

Understanding COPD Hypoxia

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung conditions that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Restricted airflow characterizes all these conditions, and COPD causes difficulty when breathing. The inability to get enough oxygen into the lungs raises the risk of developing hypoxia. Hypoxia is a condition where not enough oxygen makes it to the cells and tissues in…

Understanding COPD Hypoxia
8 Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs
April 13, 2023

8 Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs

What is a lung cleanse? Our lungs do a lot for us. Even though most of us don’t think of the lungs as something we can exercise, it’s possible to take steps to help them work better. The air we breathe can be contaminated with many kinds of pollutants. Everything from pollen to chemicals to secondhand smoke can be trapped in the…

8 Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs
Asthma and Osteoarthritis
March 28, 2023

Stanford-Led Research Finds: Asthma, Eczema Are Associated With Higher Risk of Osteoarthritis

A connection found between asthma, eczema, and osteoarthritis indicates that drugs to treat allergic conditions could be used in future studies aimed at slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. Stanford Medicine scientists and their colleagues have found that having asthma or eczema increases the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis — signaling that there may be an allergic…

Asthma and Osteoarthritis