chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Many recovering from addiction have chronic health problems, diminished quality of life

Alcohol and other substance-use problems take enormous psychological and societal tolls on millions of Americans. Now a study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute shows that more than a third of individuals who consider themselves in recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder continue to…

Thinking of quitting smoking? Today’s the day

Quitting smoking is famously hard. However, according to recent findings, the sooner one stops, the better. Perhaps today is the day? Smoking tobacco, as most of us are well aware, increases the risk of a wide range of serious health issues. Associated conditions include heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and several…

COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people worldwide. Its main symptom is breathlessness, which can be distressing and causes many people with this lung condition to experience anxiety. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.17 millionpeople died from causes related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…

Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?

Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, are risk factors for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Alcohol may be a contributing factor because of its relationship with tobacco, but researchers have found it difficult to identify an independent link between alcohol and the disease. People who drink often smoke, which can make…

Is there a link between marijuana and COPD?

Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use in several parts of the United States. Researchers continue to investigate whether marijuana can cause or even help treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some people use marijuana to relieve chronic pain, and there is growing interest in using marijuana to treat a…