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What is COPD?

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that is chronic and incurable. It characteristically involves both large and small airways and the lung parenchyma, that is, the lung tissue itself. Airways are living pipes that connect your mouth to alveoli (oxygen exchange units that are deep inside your lungs) and as you get deeper into the lungs airways get smaller and smaller. Th... »

Smoking Lives

Smoking Lives

One of the things you learn in medical school is when you ask someone “Do you smoke?” and they say “No,” you always follow up with: “Did you ever smoke?”  The answer can be surprising, as in, “I quit yesterday.”  And they quit yesterday because they couldn’t catch their breath either due to a pneumonia or bronchitis. I always joke that patients get no brownie points for not smoking when they can’t... »

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