COPD, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema
I Lost My Mother to COPD
Every year, thousands of people die lung-related deaths, including COPD, from secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke. About.com Smoking Cessation forum member Donna has lost both of her parents to tobacco. Her dad lost his life to lung cancer, and months later, her mom to COPD.
The Symptom Checker at About.com
This interactive tool allows you to select symptoms you're experiencing and receive suggestions about possible causes for them. The information, provided by Harvard Medical School covers numerous physical symptoms that can flag common illnesses or potentially more serious diseases.
Emphysema Causes and Symptoms
Emphysema is a severe lung disease in which the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs become damaged. Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath and a chronic cough.
There are a wide variety of emphysema treatments available today. If you've been diagnosed with emphysema, learn which treatment may be right for you.
How Emphysema is Diagnosed
About.com Guide to COPD, Debra Trendel reviews the tests that may be used to diagnose emphysema.
Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema
In-depth report on chronic bronchitis and emphysema from A.D.A.M.
Smoking and Pneumonia
This article from Science Daily reviews a study by the American College of Chest Physicians in August 1999. The study indicates that smokers who smoke 20 cigarettes a day are 3 times more likely to contract pneumonia than those who never smoked.