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5 deadly lung diseases and the damage they can do
No doubt you’ve heard of lung diseases like tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis, but did you know how damaging they can be to your body? These diseases are among five of the most deadly lung problems you can develop...
1. Tuberculosis (TB)
Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection most often found in the lungs, but it can also be found in the lymphatic system and other vital organs. TB bacteria cause death of tissue in body organs they infect.
Most people who are exposed to TB never develop symptoms because the bacteria can live in an inactive form in the body — a condition known as latent TB. But if the immune system weakens, TB bacteria can become…
Black Lung Disease Comes Storming Back in Coal Country
The severity of the disease among miners at the Virginia clinics “knocked us back on our heels,” said David J. Blackley, an epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, who led the research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was equally troubling, he said, that nearly a quarter of the miners with complicated black lung disease had been on the job fewer than 20 years.
Early Evidence That E-Cigarettes Can Harm Your Lungs Like Regular Cigarettes Do
"We assume that because cigarettes are so bad for you, anything that [isn’t] cigarettes must be great.”
Explainer: what is silicosis and why is this old lung disease making a comeback?
Silicosis is a group of occupational lung diseases caused by breathing in silica dust. It has been described since ancient times, when miners and stone cutters were exposed to dust containing this crystalline mineral. Australia is seeing the re-emergence of diseases like silicosis and coal worker’s lung (also known as black lung) that were previously believed to have disappeared. So, workers, employers, doctors, public health officials, and legislators need to work together to prevent more cases of these deadly, but preventable, lung diseases.
How to Beat Asthma
The common lung disease debilitates millions of Americans and costs the country billions of dollars, but some very new—and very old—methods are emerging in fighting it.
When Breathing Goes Awry
Shortness of breath can arise from a bewildering number of conditions, complicating diagnosis and treatment.
Will Microwave Popcorn Ruin My Lungs?
The steam that fills up the paper bag? Don’t huff it.
Lung diseases kill one in 10 Europeans, with greatest risk in Britain
Conditions including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and tuberculosis will account for one in every five deaths worldwide by 2030, the World Health Organisation estimates. The ERS said that the burden of the disease fell heaviest in Europe’s wealthier nations — strongly indicating that historically high smoking rates in better-off societies are taking their toll.
Some e-cigarettes contain chemicals that cause
This week, new research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that the flavorings in some types of e-cigarettes contain chemicals that have been linked to a rare disease called "popcorn lung." There are a lot of questions about what the health risks actually are — and what this means for e-cigarettes more broadly. Here's what we know (and don't know).
The Sickness That Killed "Spock": Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
It’s also a massive global problem. In 2012, 6 percent of all mortality worldwide was attributed to COPD—equivalent to more than three million deaths.
Why Do Healthy Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?
The latest research on why "anyone with lungs is at risk," and what's being done about it.
5 deadly lung diseases and the damage they can do
No doubt you’ve heard of lung diseases like tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis, but did you know how damaging they can be to your body? These diseases are among five of the most deadly lung problems you can develop.
Pulmonary Education & Research Foundation
We are a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing help to those with chronic respiratory disease through education, research, and information.
Breathing Matters is the Centre for Respiratory Research fund, and is part of UCLH Charity (Reg No 229771). It has been set up to raise awareness and to work with patients to help find a cure for Interstitial Lung Diseases such as Pulmonary Fibrosis and other Respiratory Infections such as Bronchiectasis and Pneumonia.
Propeller is the leading mobile platform for respiratory health management. Through sensors, mobile apps and services, Propeller helps reduce the cost of care while delivering better quality of life for individuals with chronic respiratory disease.
Since 1988 The Pulmonary Paper has provided education and support to those who live with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease), Asthma, Pulmonary Fibrosis and other chronic lung diseases.
The Alpha-1 Foundation is committed to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and to improving the lives of people affected by Alpha-1 worldwide.
The use of asbestos has hurt thousands of individuals and their families, so we’ve made it our mission to meet their needs. That’s why we provide free information, resources and personal assistance to anyone affected by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.
LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality-of-life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support and education for all those affected by the disease.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.
British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation is here for everyone affected by lung disease, whatever their condition. From rarer conditions such as sarcoidosis, to conditions that affect millions of people, such as COPD, we provide trust worthy and up-to-date information on more than 40 types of lung disease.
The COPD Foundation was established to undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD and improve the lives of individuals affected by COPD. The Foundation’s activities focus on achieving these results through research, education and advocacy programs that will lead to prevention, and someday, a cure for this disease.
European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Association
Thank you for visiting the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) website. There are millions of people in Europe with asthma, allergy and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We work to support them by sharing information about their conditions and by advocating on their behalf in parliament.
Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
GOLD works with health care professionals and public health officials to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease for patients around the world.
National Emphysema Foundation
The NEF’s mission is to improve the quality of life of patients with emphysema and their caregivers by providing and supporting educational, advocacy and research initiatives to the medical community and the general public. The NEF is dedicated to working to reduce the suffering and the toll emphysema is taking on innumerable sufferers in this country and abroad.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NHLBI leads a national program in the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and blood; in sleep disorders; and in the uses of blood and blood resources. The Institute is responsible for research on three of the four leading causes of death in the United States-heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Being a member of PHA is your first step to taking action in the fight against PH. Members of PHA are supporting expanded research and education, building awareness of PH and public support, and changing the history of this illness.
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Last Updated : Tuesday, February 7, 2023