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All Lung Disorders Special Reports

Bronchoscopy: Taking a Closer Look

To help diagnose your lung disorder, your doctor may ask you to have a bronchoscopy -- an examination that allows your physician to view the airways of your lungs and take samples of mucus or tissue from them. Here’s what you should expect … More...

Planning Ahead: The Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney

If you have a progressive lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis, you may want to take the time now to make some important decisions about your future medical care, in case you are ever not able to make decisions for yourself. This Special Report looks at two popular kinds of advance directives: a living will and a durable power of attorney for healthcare. More...

On the Horizon: A New Treatment for COPD

Every time a healthy person breathes in, air sacs (alveoli) at the end of the airways fill up with air like small balloons. When the person breathes out, the air sacs deflate, and the air goes out. However, if you have emphysema (a type of COPD), the walls between many of the air sacs are destroyed. The airways and air sacs lose their elasticity and become floppy. More...

Four Steps to Better Asthma Control

Do you know what to do if your asthma symptoms are waking you up at night or when you're very short of breath and your quick-relief medicines don't help? If you are not completely sure, you're likely to benefit from an asthma action plan -- a key feature of newly updated guidelines issued by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP). … More...

COPD: Catching the “Silent Killer”

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute about 12 million Americans likely have COPD but don't know it. Because COPD often produces no symptoms in its early stages, it is often not caught until severe breathing problems develop. That's why COPD is sometimes referred to as 'chronic overlooked pulmonary disease.' However, by catching the disease early, people with COPD can make lifestyle changes and start on treatments that will slow the loss of lung function, improve their quality of life, and, in some cases, increase survival. More...

Home Monitoring for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 19 million. Getting diagnosed usually means spending a night in a sleep lab, but more convenient, less expensive home tests have been gaining credibility among sleep specialists. Recently, portable monitoring devices that can be used in the home were recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to test for sleep apnea in some patients. Here's what you need to know. … More...

Looking At How The Lungs Work

What else is so essential, so continuous, and yet so unnoticed? When all goes well, you breathe in and out about 25,000 times each day. Every inward breath carries oxygen into your lungs, where it passes into your bloodstream and is pumped with each heartbeat throughout your body, powering the chemical energy that keeps you alive and operating. An exhalation always follows, ridding your body of a waste product: carbon dioxide. More...

Advice on Home Air Cleaners

If you have a lung condition and are trying to reduce indoor air pollution in your home, portable air cleaning devices may look like an attractive option to cut down on lung irritants. But do they really work? Here's a review of your choices from the experts at Johns Hopkins. … More...

9 Common Mold Myths

Media reports have linked indoor mold exposure to everything from asthma to headaches. But what's the real scientific evidence that exposure to mold in your home actually can cause physical symptoms? A recent review of scientific literature about mold-related diseases found that, while mold can cause certain health problems, many common claims just don't hold up under scrutiny. … More...

Why Popular Asthma Drugs Got the Black Box Warning

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The Facts Behind Pillar Palatal Implants

Dr. Peter B. Terry, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins’ Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, explains how pillar palatal implants act to reduce snoring. More...

Lung Disorders Glossary

The Lung Disorders Glossary is derived from the Johns Hopkins White Papers: Lung Disorders More...

What You Should Know About Treating Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer is the most dangerous type of cancer, killing 85% of people within five years of diagnosis. “Lung cancer causes more deaths in women than breast and ovarian cancer combined, and more than three times more deaths in men than prostate cancer,” emphasizes Julie Brahmer, M.D., an assistant professor at Hopkins’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Care Center. More...

Three Effective Steps for Relief of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

When taken together, chronic bronchitis and emphysema—two distinct conditions known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. As many as 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD. Experts estimate another 16 million have the condition without knowing it. More...

Sleep Apnea's Multiple Health Risks

It’s well established that sleep apnea—characterized by repeated episodes of breathing cessation and partial awakening during sleep—contributes to daytime fatigue. Now, experts are beginning to realize that sleep apnea can have more serious consequences as well. Fortunately, treatment for sleep apnea (including lifestyle measures, weight loss, and More...

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