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Lung Health

These 5 Spring allergy stats may make you sneeze

Colorful flowers popping up from the ground and green buds dotting tree branches signal the start of spring. Along with those pretty harbingers are itchy, watery eyes; a runny nose; and plenty of sneezing for those who are plagued with seasonal allergies. Pollen is most prevalent in Spring, quickly followed by grasses and weeds in …

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Smoking triggers hundreds of permanent DNA mutations every year

If you’re still smoking, new research might motivate you to finally kick the habit. A study recently published in the journal Science shows cigarettes can trigger hundreds of DNA mutations in vital organs every year. There’s already a large body of evidence linking smoking with cancer, but now we have new insight into how tobacco …

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Lung transplant recipient runs final stretch of marathon with new sister

November marks four years since the start of an undeniable friendship. Two women brought together through a lung transplant have formed a unique bond in an untraditional way. Carrie Giddens, 31, and Valarie Fratiani, 45, consider each other sisters and live just 10 minutes away from one another in Frisco and Allen, Texas. They once …

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The terrible cough you can’t seem to kick

Cough, cough, cough. Sorry, are you sick? Nope, that’s just your pesky cough that has been lingering around since the upper respiratory infection you had over the holidays. Or maybe, you are someone who is always coughing and clearing their throat? A cough is a significant problem and one of the most common reasons for …

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Is vaping as bad as smoking?

Fortunately, in the United States, smoking is decreasing over the last decade. As a surgeon who treats lung cancer, this makes me very happy. However, a new trend has developed over recent years with the use of electronic cigarettes or vaping. Vaping or e-cigarettes is inhalation of a vaporized substance typically containing nicotine that is …

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ETobacco program uses EHR to help smokers quit

Baylor Scott & White Health, the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of State Health Services are training physicians to use eTobacco, a smoking and tobacco-cessation initiative that connects a patient’s electronic medical records (EMR) with a state-funded program called Quitline. There is a Quitline in every U.S. state, funded by the …

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3 chronic conditions that can damage your lungs

Every time you take a breath, it kick-starts a complex series of events that brings oxygen from the air into the blood that circulates through your entire body. It’s a fascinating process that can sometimes hit speed bumps. “At least 40 million Americans are currently diagnosed with a chronic lung condition,” said Mark Millard, MD, …

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What will it take to quit smoking today?

In a time not so “bygone,” tobacco companies spent big money to get people addicted to their products. Movies and television were filled with people smoking. Advertising was rampant. Cigarette manufacturers bent the truth to boost their cigarette sales goals, telling consumers that dentists and physicians preferred to smoke particular brands. Cigarette smoking was even …

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