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Pulmonology

How Sleep, Or Lack Of It, Affects Our Health

Submitted by Vikas Batra, MD

Having a good night sleep is very important. If you are not sleeping well, or are not rested in the morning, seek help. You may have a sleep disorder that can be treated. Treatment of sleep disorders may help you manage your chronic diseases better, and may improve your health and longevity. About...
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Five Tips for COPD Patients

Submitted by Pam Lowe, Beebe Pulmonary Rehabilitation

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other...
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Smoking is the No. 1 Most Preventable Cause of Death in the United States

Submitted by Eugene Isaac, PA-C, MS

These are facts: The number of U.S. citizens who have died prematurely due to smoking is more than 10 times the number of U.S. citizens who have died in all of U.S. wars combined. Nine out of ten lung cancer deaths in men and women are due to smoking. Eight out of ten deaths from Chronic...
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New procedure decreases severity of chronic asthma attacks, research shows

Submitted by Vikas Batra, MD

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can cause the airways to narrow so that less oxygen flows into the lungs. Uncontrolled asthma is serious, as it can cause permanent damage to the airways. Symptoms are wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing, and shortness of breath. Asthma is one of the...
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