Winter: Don’t let upper respiratory tract infections stop you

When temperatures drop and windows and doors stay shut, viruses can thrive indoors and upper respiratory tract infections take a toll on your health. City experts offer tips to stave off the winter blues and sniffles

Winter: Don’t let upper respiratory tract infections stop youAlthough winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy from upper respiratory tract infections. Dr Aditya Agrawal, a chest specialist at Bhatia Hospital said, “The number of patients with respiratory […]

#WorldCOPDDay: Diagnose COPD early to prevent lung and heart attack

Each year, November is celebrated at World COPD Awareness Month, on the occasion, lets understand the impact of COPD better

#WorldCOPDDay: Diagnose COPD early to prevent lung and heart attackAccording to reports, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is causing 2,300 deaths per day in India; India has become the ‘COPD Capital of the World’. The severity of COPD can be judged by the fact that India has the most cases of COPD in the world and ranks 2nd when it comes to death caused […]

Medical Tech: This ‘smart shirt’ can accurately monitor lung disease

A smart shirt that accurately measures breathing through measuring lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen could be used to monitor patients with lung disease

Medical Tech: This ‘smart shirt’ can accurately monitor lung diseaseImage courtesy: Metro News UK The shirt has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Researchers have used the smart shirts, together with a mobile app, to reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out a range of everyday activities, […]

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, reveals study

A new study is the latest to show changes in cardiovascular function after vaping e-liquids, though in this case, those liquids didn’t even contain nicotine

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, reveals studyThe study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, concluded that vaping temporarily impacts blood vessel function in healthy people. Using MRI scans, it found, for example, changes in blood flow within the femoral artery in the leg after just one use. The researchers couldn’t determine which chemical might be responsible for the changes they observed. […]

Scientists show how vaping induces reactions in lungs that can lead to disease

Vaping is widely assumed to be safer than cigarette smoking, but scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have uncovered evidence suggesting that vaping promotes the same cellular responses found in smokers who suffer with emphysema

Scientists show how vaping induces reactions in lungs that can lead to diseaseIn a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the UNC scientists found that the lungs of vapers, like the lungs of smokers, have elevated levels of protease enzymes, a condition known to cause emphysema in smokers. The researchers also found that the nicotine in vaping liquids is responsible for […]

Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patients

New research uncovers yet another population that will be vulnerable to the heat waves that climate change is delivering with increasing frequency: people with kidney disease

Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patientsExtremely hot days can increase advanced kidney disease patients’ risk of hospitalisation and death, and climate change means they’ll face more such days, the study authors said. “Climate change is not just about future scenarios and distant communities. It is here and now, and it is adversely impacting our community’s health in more ways than […]

Even moderate air pollution may lead to lung disease, warns study

Even moderate levels of air pollution can cause lung function impairment that rivals the damage caused by smoking, a new study found

Even moderate air pollution may lead to lung disease, warns studyExposure to pollutants had harmful effects similar to that from smoking. Researchers studied 303,887 British men and women, with data on lung health gathered by physical examination and air pollution statistics geographically coded to the participants’ home addresses. The researchers looked at levels of PM2.5, the tiny pollutant particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter […]

COPD may strike women harder than men, reveals study

Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to have a harder time than men with the progressive lung disorder, a new study suggests

COPD may strike women harder than men, reveals studySmoking is its leading cause, and while women report smoking less than men, those with COPD have more trouble breathing, more frequent flare-ups and a poorer quality of life, researchers found. “Physicians need to be aware that symptoms for women may be worse for a given level of lung function and that exacerbations may be […]

World Asthma Day: Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that transport air to and from the lungs. A healthy lifestyle, no smoking, avoiding drugs and asthma triggers are the best ways to treat asthma and keep its symptoms under control

World Asthma Day:  Not only traffic pollution, even agarbatti smoke can trigger asthmaAsthma is a heterogeneous disease, characterised by long-standing airway inflammation. It is manifested by respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a dry cough that varies over time & intensity. According to the statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 383,000 deaths due to asthma in 2015. In […]

Exercises for COPD patients and how to do them

Dr Preyas Vaidya, a Consultant Pulmonologist, S.L. Raheja Hospital, Mahim, shares how the patients with COPD can exercise and can stay fit in their life

Exercises for COPD patients and how to do themRegular exercise is a vital part of good lifestyle practices, even if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease which causes an obstruction in the airflow from the lungs. The concept of ‘exercise while suffering from COPD’ is scary for such patients. One may feel like it […]
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