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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that involves the mesothelium, or cells that line an organ, usually the lungs, abdominal organs, and heart. The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, where malignant tumors form on the pleura, the sac that lines the chest cavity and protects the lungs. Other forms of mesothelioma affect the peritoneum (abdominal cavity…

Lung Transplants

Lung transplants are given to people as a last resort treatment for irreversible lung failure. Lung failure happens when the lungs are damaged and unable to transfer oxygen and carbon dioxide to and away from cells. Some diseases that cause the lungs to fail and are treated with transplants are emphysema, including the form caused by the alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary…

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD), also known as Immotile Cilia Syndrome, is a rare genetic birth defect that involves the blocking of respiratory passages. Patients with PCD have abnormal or absent ciliary motion. Cilia are tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the respiratory passages. During infections more mucus is produced and because the abnormal cilia can’t move or move ineffectively,…

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is a general term that includes a variety of chronic lung disorders. When a person has ILD, the lung is affected in three ways. First, the lung tissue is damaged in some known or unknown way. Second, the walls of the air sacs in the lung become inflamed. Finally, scarring (or fibrosis) begins in the interstitium…

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (also called allergic alveolitis) is a disease in which the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs become inflamed when certain dusts are inhaled to which the person is sensitized or allergic. These dusts contain organic substances, such as fungus spores from moldy hay or the droppings of birds. When a person inhales such dusts the first time, no…

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. An estimated 173,700 new cases of lung cancer and an estimated 160,440 deaths from lung cancer will occur in the United States during 2004. The rate of lung cancer cases appears to be dropping among white and African-American men in the United States, while it continues to rise…

Cocci

The sunny Southwest was a great place for training the fliers of World War II. But it turned out to have a special medical problem. The young airmen and crews at the large flying fields built in the Southwest by the Army Air corps came down with a feverish illness at an alarming rate. The disease that the fliers had…

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an heritable disease caused by an altered gene. It is the second most common life-shortening, childhood onset inherited disorder in the United States; behind sickle cell anemia. Approximately 30,000 people in the United States have Cystic fibrosis (CF). About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year. Cystic fibrosis is characterized by the production of abnormally thick and sticky…

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term referring to two lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that are characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Both of these conditions frequently co-exist, hence physicians prefer the term COPD. It does not include other obstructive diseases such as asthma. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in…

Chronic Bronchitis

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. When the bronchi are inflamed and/or infected, less air is able to flow to and from the lungs and a heavy mucus or phlegm is coughed up. Many people suffer a brief attack of acute bronchitis with cough and mucus production when they have severe colds. Acute bronchitis is…

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) is a lung disease which can be very serious. Recently, BPD has been seen in adults with Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome. However, BPD is most commonly diagnosed as a complication of respiratory therapy in prenatal infants with respiratory distress syndrome. Many infants with BPD do recover and improve with time to achieve normal or near normal function.…

Lung Diseases Connected to AIDS

Almost any kind of infection is a possible lung disease risk in the presence of HIV. In addition, several types of lung disease are included in the list of AIDS indicator diseases. This means that an individual who is HIV positive and who has one of those diseases is considered to have AIDS. The forms of lung disease that are…

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the rapid onset of respiratory failure (ability to adequately oxygenate the blood) that can occur in critically ill persons of any age over 1 year. The condition can be life threatening and occurs when the lungs cannot perform normal gas exchange due to severe fluid buildup in both lungs. ARDS is mainly caused by…

Deep Freeze Creates Unusual Advice for Better Breathing

A polar vortex has descended upon the Midwest U.S., and this time it’s a doozy. Roughly 85 percent of the people living in the lower 48 states will experience freezing temperatures with roughly 75 million people experiencing temperatures below zero. The worst of it will be in a region of the Upper Midwest from Chicago through Minneapolis. This region will…

Understanding the Connection Between Asthma and Oral Health

There are an estimated 20 million asthma sufferers in the U.S. today, and the dental profession is becoming aware of an increasing number of patients who, while taking medication for asthma, are also showing increasing signs of oral health problems. Most asthmatics breath through their mouth, and this combined with the usual corticosteroid medicine given for asthma, leads to reduced…

How Air Pollution Affects Breath

It’s no secret—poor air quality affects your health. When pollution is bad, it can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and cause shortness of breath. Breathing polluted air for long periods of time can cause serious health problems. The two primary pollutants people should understand are Ozone and particulate matter, also known as PM. Cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles are…

Quickly and Easily Improve Your Breathing Mechanics

Breath is an essential part of life, and learning to do it correctly can have a significant impact on everyday activities. Improving the mechanics of your breathing is a fast and easy way to positively impact your life. The simplest way to do this? Learn about nasal breathing and diaphragm breathing. These are the foundation of breathing and remain useful…

Tips for Getting Better Breath During Exercise

Learning to breathe during exercise is one of the best ways to improve athletic performance, increase health benefits, and prevent dizziness or feelings of sickness. Whether you’re hitting the turf, the track, or a squat rack, breathing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you envision getting shape. However, smooth and efficient breathing is essential for…

Why You Should Quit Smoking Right Now

For an organization focused on breathing health, we rarely discuss the impact of smoking. This is because we want to present you with the ways in which you can improve your overall health through breathing. This is not a preventative site, and we never want to make our readers feel that they are not welcome if they partake in specific…

Allergy Problems and Health Services Both on the Rise

Because so many people have an easily avoided food allergy or a comparatively mild airborne allergy, it’s easy to forget about the millions of people who struggle with serious and chronic allergy problems. Nasal allergies alone afflict 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. One of the most common problems arises from the fact that pollen’s protein sequence…

Better Breathing Tips for Every Season

Each season has its own unique charms. Unfortunately, each season also brings distinctive challenges for breathing and respiratory health in general. Congested more than usual? Wondering if that headache can be pegged to latent nasal pressure? Get a rare nosebleed? Worried about silent, invisible killers lingering in the air during certain times of season? Curious as to what you can…

Breathing Aids are More than Crutches for Your Lungs

Some breathing aids are essential to improve your breath and overall health. Some offer targeted support for specific problems. Others may simply accelerate the benefits associated with unassisted breathing techniques. Naturally, knowing what these breathing aids are used for and how they’re used can be important for choosing the right type of breathing aid. But it’s also true that learning…

Pranayama and the Practice of Controlled Breathing

One of the interesting things about breathing is that it can be a conscious or an autonomic behavior. In other words, you don’t have to think about breathing in order to make it happen. Whether you’re asleep, focusing on the job, or running the household, it just happens on its own. Put another way, you don’t always have the opportunity…

Our Favorite Breathing Quotes

“What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places?” –Mary Oliver   “An instructor once told me that when there’s resistance in your body, it’s only because of the resistance in your mind. It’s about getting inside the pose. Being the breath.” –Lisa Bonet “What art offers is space — a…

Learn These Breathing Techniques to Get More Breath

The goal of most breathing techniques is to breathe more deeply, but what does this mean? It means using your diaphragm muscles to draw in and push out more air, thereby making things easier on your lungs and respiratory system. When someone says that your breath is all lungs, it can sound confusing. What they mean is you’re only using…