COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time. It can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.


Pneumonia: Searching Herbal Remedies

Pneumonia or inflammation of the lungs is mostly caused by bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitical infection and sometimes by inhalation of toxic gases, chemicals and unhealthy eating habits. Commonly found in children below 5 yrs of age and seniors.

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Respiratory Complications During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings about many changes to a woman's body. One of the more intriguing is a decrease in the T helper cells, resulting in a state of relative immuno-suppression.

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Physical Activity Benefits for COPD Patients

In a study published on April 9, 2014 (in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society), the researchers analyzed the health records of more than 6,000 California patients, aged 40 and older. All were hospitalized with COPD during 2011 and 2012. The patients provided information about their physical activity levels.

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Yoga for Improved Pulmonary Function

Practicing yoga for a minimum of two days a week, one hour each day should help you experience improved lung function in about 10 weeks. Correct inhale and exhale will keep your lungs fit and help prevent problems such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.

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Every Breath You Take

Breathing is so automatic that you don't even have to think about it, right ? Wrong --especially while you are working out. In addition to food and water, your body needs to process oxygen, transferring it from the lungs through the bloodstream to the muscles.

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When you call "Quit" to smoking

When you quit smoking, you stop hurting those around you. The secondhand smoke from your cigarettes can make your family and friends have more colds and asthma attacks. It can also put them at risk for heart and lung diseases, and even lung cancer.

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Top 10 Towards Building a Strong Immune System

Our immune systems are being challenged more than ever. The modern lifestyle is, let's just say, not very healthy.

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Foods for Bronchitis

EAT PLENTY OF Fresh fruit and vegetables Oily fish such as mackerel or sardines Lean meat and pumpkin seeds CUT DOWN ON Alcohol and caffeine AVOID Smoking, which is particularly harmful to people with bronchitis

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Quiz: How much do you know about chronic illness ?

Chronic illness doesn't mean only arthritis, heart disease and the like - it includes asthma, allergies and dozens of other conditions. Yet even those who live with them often know little about such complaints. Find out how much you know by trying this quiz.

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