Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. In people with COPD, the airways (the branching tubes that carry air within the lungs) become narrow and damaged. This makes people feel out of breath and tired.Read More

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

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HealthDay

December 12

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TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren't just destroying homes and lives, they're a serious health risk, as well. The smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and can cause coughing, wheezing or breathing problems, according to the American Thoracic Society. The smoke can be especially dangerous to those with lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis, the organization said. It's also harmful to people with heart disease, pregnant women, seniors and children. People in those high-risk... Read More


Ted Koppel's Fight to Make COPD Headline News

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HealthDay

December 07

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THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The doctor who diagnosed Grace Anne Koppel with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) didn't pull any punches. She should start getting her affairs in order, because she only had three to five years left due to her incurable lung disease. Expect to be hospitalized and on full-time oxygen support within a couple of years. "If you can think of a better way of demoralizing a patient than to tell them those things, I can't imagine," said her husband, the award-winning newsman Ted Koppel. That was 16 years ago. Despite her... Read More


Pollution Could Cancel Out the Health Benefits of Walking, a New Study Says

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December 06

Simple though it may be, walking is one of the best things you can do for your body. Research has shown that it can extend your life and improve your heart health, along with a host of other health metrics. A new study published in the Lancet, however, suggests that where you walk matters. Strolling along heavily polluted streets, researchers found, may actually cancel out many of the benefits associated with walking. A team of researchers recruited 119 people over age 60. Of these, 40 were healthy; 40 had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung disease; and 39... Read More


A machine learning approach to triaging patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Journals | PLOS

November 25

COPD patients are burdened with a daily risk of acute exacerbation and loss of control, which could be mitigated by effective, on-demand decision support tools. In this study, we present a machine learning-based strategy for early detection of exacerbations and subsequent triage. Our application uses physician opinion in a statistically and clinically comprehensive set of patient cases to train a supervised prediction algorithm. The accuracy of the model is assessed against a panel of physicians each triaging identical cases in a representative patient validation set. Our results show that algorithm accuracy and safety indicators surpass all individual pulmonologists in both... Read More


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