The New England Journal of Medicine has an upbeat report about improvements in Hodgkin's Disease care in the November 8 2007 edition. It's writen in medicalese, but it is good news about survival rates and a possible cure. See: Chemotherapy plus Involved-Field Radiation in Early-Stage Hodgkin’s Disease http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/357/19/1916
Yesterday was a big day for medical breakthrough news. According to a November 8 2007 update from the National Institutes of Health, 12 million people presently have a diagnosis for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a serious lung disease. Another 12 million people don’t know they have it!
Quick facts about COPD:
Anyone over age 40 who smokes or who has smoked is at risk for developing COPD.
People with long-term exposure to lung irritants such as chemicals, dust, or fumes in the workplace; secondhand smoke or other pollutants; and people with certain genetic conditions are also at risk.
A simple breathing test called Spirometry diagnoses COPD in a doctor's office.
Many people at risk for COPD aren’t aware of the symptoms.
Health care professionals don’t always look for the early symptoms and warning signs
COPD happens when blockages of lung passages makes it hard for oxygen to move in and out of the lungs. People are left struggling to breathe properly.
Newer treatments for COPD help people to live longer, more active lives.
Educate yourself about the risks and how to improve your health if you have COPD at http://www.learnaboutcopd.org/
Learn about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases, and sleep disorders at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/
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