Research shows smoking or vaping can make coronavirus illnesses worse.
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An addiction psychiatrist explains why smoking raises the risks from COVID-19 and how to quit.
To avoid the high risk COVID-19 poses to older adults with chronic illnesses, many doctors have shifted appointments to telemedicine.
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While COVID-19 raises the risk for people with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and COPD, social distancing can make it harder to keep up diets and medication.
Many young people are unaware of the health risks of e-cigarettes.
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Even as evidence of its adverse effects emerges, vaping is growing more popular among young people.
Hospitals have started using albuterol inhalers with coronavirus patients, making the rescue medication harder for asthma patients to find in some areas.
Asthma rescue inhalers are in short supply, and asthma sufferers are worried about the risks they face from COVID-19. A doctor answers six key questions.
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Controlled coughing can help people with cystic fibrosis, under supervision and in hospital. But when done at home, it could help spread the coronavirus.
Premature infants are at higher risk for lung diseases.
Prenatal and postnatal antibiotic exposure combined with oxygen treatment led to lung inflammation and altered immunity in a study in mice.
In an emergency, like a bushfire, making sure you have enough of your regular medication can mean the difference between life and death. But there are many ways to prepare.
During bushfire season, managing medication as well as respiratory conditions should be part of any emergency plan.
Health authorities in the United States are investigating what exactly has caused the recent outbreak of vaping-related illness.
Defining what this disease is and who has it has helped those investigating the outbreak understand what caused it.
If we can’t afford natural stone, like marble, it’s tempting to choose engineered or artificial stone instead. But at what cost to those who breathe in the silica dust when cutting it?
What lessons can Australia learn from tackling asbestos to manage this latest preventable occupational hazard?
The recent vaping-related deaths in the US have brought the issue into the spotlight around the world.
We've still got a lot to learn about the long term health effects of vaping. But based on what we know so far, vaping liquids containing oils, and especially cannabis/THC liquids, should be avoided.
Lung MRI of an ex-smoker of cannabis and tobacco, showing poor lung function and truncated airway tree. In vaping patients, oily substances have also been found inside their lung tissue and airways.
Vaping devices cause deadly lung toxicity. Their marketing to children must be banned.
Lung disease can often be prevented with culturally appropriate health care and information.
Lung infections are the most common reason for Aboriginal children to be hospitalised. But many cases can be prevented by seeking treatment for wet coughs that last for four weeks or more.
A man at a recovery center in Youngstown, Ohio, smokes a cigarette, June 15, 2017.
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For those who don't smoke cigarettes, the dangers may seem distant. Yet smoking still kills millions each year. A new study suggests that e-cigarettes might curb this public health tragedy.
Vitamin D shows promise in treating COPD in people who are deficient in the vitamin.
Barbara Bush and her husband, George H.W. Bush, at his Houston campaign headquarters June 4, 1964.
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The former first lady was reported to have a condition that makes breathing hard and often occurs in smokers. COPD is a condition that affects almost 16 million Americans.
You can barely see this construction worker for dust. His lack of protective face mask puts him at risk of silicosis and other lung diseases.
We're seeing the resurgence of an old lung disease in people who make and install the type of engineered stone product you might find in your kitchen or bathroom.
Shifting your diet away from processed foods and towards fruits and vegetables can reduce symptoms of asthma.
Upping your intake of vegetables and fruits can do more than just reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – it could also help you breathe easier.
People with cystic fibrosis, Australia’s most common inherited condition, have thick mucus, including on the lungs.
Wider availability of the cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco since May 1, 2017 means younger patients can now access it.
CF can’t currently be cured but some emerging treatments show promise.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects around 3,000 people in Australia and 70,000 worldwide. It's an inherited disease caused by a mutation in a single gene called CFTR.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most wretched tobacco-caused illnesses.
Over the past decade, every researcher’s email inbox has been crammed daily with junk from what have come to be known as predatory journals and conferences. Last week I had 21 offers to send my non-existent…