Mountain Vacation? 5 Tips to Cope With Your Altitude Sickness

Going on a hiking or skiing trip to the mountains? Whether you’re headed to Vail or Peru, if you’re prone to altitude sickness, taking a few precautions can make your trip more enjoyable.

Altitude sickness happens when your body is unable to adapt to a low-pressure, low-oxygen environment — typically at about 8,000 feet above …

Have COPD? Exercise Helps Keep You Out of the Hospital

Are you living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Then you know a flare-up can land you in the emergency room.

But you can take steps — literally — to avoid that trip by adding regular exercise to your weekly routine.

COPD is a family of chronic, progressive lung diseases that includes chronic …

Why You Can’t Shake That Cold: Tips on Walking Pneumonia

When you have cold-like symptoms — headache, runny nose, cough and a sore throat — you likely slow down a bit, thinking you can beat it in a few days. But when the symptoms linger or worsen — not enough to knock you off your feet, but enough so that you can’t ignore them — …

Fire Pits, Bonfires and Your Lungs: 7 Safety Tips

Planning to gather friends or family around a crackling bonfire or cozy fire pit? Absorb the atmosphere — but not the smoke.

Wood smoke contains millions of tiny particles. When you breathe in smoke, the particles can get deep into your respiratory system.

You’ve likely experienced the results — stinging eyes, runny nose and coughing. …

Study Finds Surprising Link Between Asthma and Kidney Stones in Children

Kidney stones are four times more likely to occur in children with asthma than in children who don’t have asthma, say a new study by Cleveland Clinic researchers.

The study, published online last month in the medical journal PLOS ONE, also found that asthma is four times more likely to occur in children with …

Think an Occasional Cigarette is OK? Your Health is Still in Danger

If you’re one of those people who smoke just a few cigarettes a week — say, on the weekends when you’re out with friends — a new study shows that you’re not escaping the health risks of tobacco.

The study, by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), shows that people who consistently smoked an average …

Is Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer Best for You?

If you have early-stage lung cancer, you may want to talk to your doctor about minimally invasive thoracic surgery. If this option is right for you, it typically means less pain and a quicker recovery than with a standard operation.

Thoracic surgeon Daniel Raymond, MD, says he’s able to use minimally invasive techniques …

What Are the Chances a Lung Nodule or Spot Is Cancer?

If you’re worried because tests show that you have a lung nodule, keep in mind that the vast majority of pulmonary nodules are not cancerous. In fact, only three or four in 100 of these small growths are cancerous.

However, it is important to follow up on it, because lung cancer remains the leading cause …

Asthma: Women 40 to 60, Young Boys at Greatest Risk

Wheezing. Chest tightness. Difficulty breathing. Inhalers and oral steroids can quiet these asthma symptoms. But a bad asthma attack will land you in the emergency room or hospital.

Severe asthma is most likely to send two groups of patients to the hospital, a Cleveland Clinic study finds: women aged 40 to 60 and boys aged …

Why America’s Not Breathing Easy (Infographic)

When it comes to keeping our lungs healthy, America has a knowledge gap. That’s what a nationwide survey by Cleveland Clinic and Parade magazine reveals. We know lung cancer is deadly but don’t know the best way to spot it early. We don’t realize that asthma is life-threatening, too, or which allergy most often triggers …