What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a condition that makes it hard to breathe. Although there is no cure, treatment can improve quality of life. To understand COPD, it may help to break down its name. Chronic means long-lasting. COPD is progressive--it gets worse over time. Obstructive refers to the fact that airflow is obstructed--air can't move freely in and out of the lungs. Obstruction may be from chronic bronchitis swelling and excess phlegm in the airways , emphysema damage to lu...

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11/19/2018 10:59:00 AM Comments(0)

Understanding Pancreatic Cancer

The pancreas is a gland located between the stomach and spine. Its main function is to produce digestive juices that can break down food, and to make hormones that help us control our blood sugar levels. Most pancreatic cancers are not diagnosed at an early stage. Symptoms are hard to spot at its outset and can easily be confused with those associated with other disorders and diseases. As a result, the cancer has often spread before treatment can be rendered. For this reason, it is one of the de...

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10/29/2018 2:34:00 PM Comments(0)

Are you at risk for lung cancer?

The sooner lung cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances for survival. Until recently, however, early detection has been difficult—which may be one reason why lung cancer remains the No. 1 cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. But there is good news about the disease: Doctors now have a screening test that can catch lung cancer early. It's called low-dose computed tomography LDCT . LDCT produces cross-sectional images of the entire chest, including the lungs, using special x-r...

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10/29/2018 2:33:00 PM Comments(0)

Seniors: Reduce your risk of food poisoning

Food is one of those essentials of life. It's also essential to make sure that the food you eat is prepared, cooked and stored in such a way that it doesn't make you sick—especially as you get older. The reason? Adults 65 and older are more vulnerable to food poisoning than younger folk. A weakened immune system is one reason why. A reduced immune response makes your body less able to fight off germs and illness. Older adults also have less stomach acid to fight bacteria and other germs. F...

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9/27/2018 11:35:00 AM Comments(0)

Breast Cancer: Your Questions Answered

To be a woman is to wonder, and sometimes worry, about breast cancer. Almost all of us know someone—a loved one, a friend or a co-worker—who has faced this disease. That’s why we put together a list of common questions about breast cancer—with answers from our experts: Q: Is it true that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer? A: Yes. Based on current incidence rates, 12.4 percent of all women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, Dr. Elisabeth...

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9/21/2018 10:05:00 AM Comments(0)