Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

UK study highlights importance of spirometry in diagnosing COPD

A UK study of patients participating in low-dose CT lung cancer screening highlights the importance of spirometry (breathing tests) in the assessment of possible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and demonstrates ...

Cardiology

Emphysema may raise risk of ruptured aneurysms

When a weakened artery wall balloons or bulges, it's called an aneurysm. For people with emphysema, the risk of that aneurysm rupturing is much higher than for those without the lung condition, new research suggests.

Medical research

Researchers breathe new life into COPD research using mouse models

The airways and lungs are affected by a range of diseases, but while some have been well characterized and treated, others, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), are still somewhat of an enigma. This condition ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New bronchoscopic option used for severe emphysema

(HealthDay)—Temple University Hospital has become the first center in the U.S. to perform bronchoscopic lung volume reduction using implantation of the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve (Zephyr EBV) to treat hyperinflation associated ...

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Emphysema

Emphysema (pronounced /ˌɛmfɨˈziːmə/) is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, as it is otherwise known, formerly termed a chronic obstructive lung disease). It is often caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, including long-term exposure to tobacco smoke.

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