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Pulmonology

Treatment for diseases and conditions affecting lung and airway function.

March

Community Education
Mankato, MN In Person

Learn about COPD, treatment options and how smoking contributes to disease development. Get tips about stopping smoking to reduce your chances of getting COPD.

Mohamad El Labban, M.D., Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, will lead the discussion.

From The Blog

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

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

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

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

Create an asthma action plan for your child

Asthma is a common chronic condition of childhood. If your child has it, the back-to-school season is a great time to develop an asthma action plan. Here's what to include.

July 28, 2021

COVID-19 patient recovering after hospitalization, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support

A busy, otherwise healthy young man, J.P. Nunez also happens to be the youngest patient requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support for COVID-19 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Here's his journey.

February 18, 2021

Trying to catch your breath? What's normal, when to see your doctor

Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although healthy people occasionally may experience it, persistent shortness of breath is a sign of a medical problem.

June 26, 2020

COPD: Risks, symptoms and prevention

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a collection of serious lung diseases that obstructs airflow from the lungs and causes breathing issues. According to the American Lung Association, more than 11 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COPD, which is the third leading cause of death. Understanding the risks, symptoms and effective prevention methods of COPD can help your long-term health.

Sara Domeyer CNP By Sara Pitzer November 29, 2016

Why cleaning your positive airway pressure (PAP) supplies is important

Daily cleaning of supplies is important in keeping your airway open while you sleep by maintaining a good seal between your face and the mask. Find out why.

January 8, 2016

Eau Claire woman breathing easier thanks to Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Judy Hanson is a big believer in second chances — and new beginnings.

November 27, 2015