Category Archives: lung conditions

Asthma treatment

The goal of treating asthma is to not die from asthma.  The secondary goal is for asthmatics to live their life fully, as if they did not have asthma.  This often requires treatment.  Symptoms of asthma are wheezing, cough and … Continue reading

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Finding it hard to breathe?

Do you have COPD?  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.  Also called emphysema.  This is not a temporary illness.  COPD is a persistent condition that affects lung function, making breathing difficult and decreasing your ability to do the things that you want … Continue reading

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Lung cancer screening

Wow! Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths in the United States. 7% of Americans will be diagnosed and 6% will die from it.   Among heavy smokers, 33% of them will die from lung cancer.   In the 1960s … Continue reading

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Should you get a low-dose CT scan of the lung to look for lung cancer?

My mom recently asked me if I’d suggest that she get a low-dost CT lung scan.  I should say that I am not the physician for my family–although I often do field questions. Great question!  Low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening … Continue reading

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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes” were reportedly invented by a Chinese pharmacist who wanted to “find a safer way for smokers to inhale nicotine” after his father, a cigarette smoker, died from lung cancer.  The e-cigarette is designed with a lithium … Continue reading

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Pneumonia vaccine has been a success!

The seven-strain pneumonia vaccine used in the US since 2000 has been effective in decreasing infections caused by strep pneumonia.  We routinely give this Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine at 2, 4, and 6 months with a booster at age 12 to … Continue reading

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Do asthma and exercise go together? Yes. Here’s how…

Asthma affects 300 million people worldwide.   Research pooled nearly 700 patients and found that physical training lasting for at least 20 to 30 minutes, two to three times a week, for at least six weeks improves physical fitness in patients … Continue reading

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