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Why are you coughing so much?

From a tickle in your throat to a chronic cough, you may wonder why you are coughing so much. Learn how to distinguish if your cough is a minor inconvenience or a sign of illness.

Liz Husted, M.D. By Liz Husted December 29, 2023

6 tips for living with COPD

COPD, a chronic inflammatory lung disease most often caused by long-term smoking, is a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S. Learn strategies to cope with COPD and slow lung damage.

Mais Abdou, M.D. By Mais Abdou December 5, 2023

Checking the facts of COPD

You take 20,000 breaths every day, and your lungs work 24/7 to keep you alive. Test your knowledge of COPD, and learn why it's vital to be aware of the risk factors and symptoms of the disease.

Sunny Khosa MD By Sunny Khosa October 13, 2023

Does smoking marijuana increase lung cancer risk?

Marijuana is a widely used substance in the U.S. But is it safer than smoking tobacco? Can it cause lung issues or lung cancer? Here's what you need to know.

Aryan Shiari, M.D. By Aryan Shiari June 15, 2023

Understanding lung nodules: Determining risks and diagnosing

Lung nodules are small masses of tissue in the lungs. Most nodules aren't cancer, but all should be evaluated. Learn how your health care team discovers which should be tested for lung cancer.

June Chae, M.D. By June Chae May 25, 2023

4 common questions about robotic-assisted bronchoscopy

Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy maps out the airways in the lungs and safely gets to previously unreachable spots. Read four common questions about the technology and how it betters lung cancer outcomes.

Ali Zaied, M.D. By Ali Zaied March 7, 2023

Is the extreme cold bad for your lungs?

The icy grip of winter is blanketing much of the U.S. Learn how bitter cold temperatures affect the lungs and what you can do to protect yours when outdoors.

Aryan Shiari, M.D. By Aryan Shiari January 27, 2023

Using robotic technology to diagnose, stage lung cancer

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. A new procedure acts like a robotic GPS system to diagnose lung cancer in its earliest stages when it's easier to treat.

Adel Zurob, M.D. By Adel Zurob January 20, 2023
Ali Zaied, M.D. By Ali Zaied January 20, 2023

Radon: The odorless, invisible threat

Elevated levels of radon are the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. So it's vital to test your home to discover if radon abatement is needed. Learn more about this invisible health hazard.

Elizabeth Morton PAC By Elizabeth Morton January 20, 2023

You are 'here': A smoker's guide to quitting

If you're a smoker, you may be ready to quit but need a guide for how to get from the "here" of smoking to the "there" of not smoking. Here's how to get started on your smoke-free journey.

Patrick Bigaouette MD By Patrick Bigaouette November 10, 2022

Test your CPAP IQ

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is a proven treatment for sleep apnea. Take a quiz to get answers to learn more about this therapy, including if it can improve golf scores.

Christopher Williams, M.D. By Christopher Williams July 21, 2022

Upper airway stimulation therapy restores couple's restful nights

Jerry Wojtkiewicz woke up many mornings more tired than when he went to bed because of sleep apnea. Now, he's sleeping well and waking refreshed thanks to upper airway stimulation therapy.

October 11, 2021