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Pulmonary Care Research Group conducts clinical trials with patients that experience asthma, COPD, MAC or GERD/Reflux. These studies are for investigational medications that may treat patients’ symptoms. So you may be asking yourself, “Should I participate in a clinical trial?” Participating in a clinical trial makes you one of the first participants involved in a.. read more →

Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when signals from the brain to the muscles responsible for controlling breathing temporarily fail. Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, CSA is associated more with communication to the brain, where OSA is more a mechanical issue. It is much less common than OSA and only 20 percent of sleep apnea cases are.. read more →

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive inflammatory lung disease. It causes obstructed airflow from the lungs leading to large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. COPD is most often caused by smoking. It can also be caused by long-term exposure to lung irritants such as air pollution or dust… read more →

Bronchiectasis causes the airways to slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus which in turn builds up, allowing bacteria to grow. It can cause coughing, abnormal chest sounds and chest pain. Bronchiectasis can be treated with medications, physical therapy or surgery if there is bleeding or if it is only in one part of.. read more →

A cough that lasts longer than eight weeks or longer in adults and four weeks in children is considered chronic. Pinpointing the cause of a chronic cough can be difficult, but the most common causes include tobacco use, asthma and postnasal drip. After treating the underlying problem, the cough typically goes away in most patients… read more →

Cor pulmonale is a condition that causes the right side of the heart to fail. It is caused by long-term high blood pressure in the lung’s arteries and right ventricle of the heart. It can be treated with exercise and improving oxygen levels of the arterial blood. What is cor pulmonale? Cor pulmonale occurs when.. read more →

Autoimmune lung diseases, also known as interstitial lung disease, is a group of lung disorders where the deep lung tissues become inflamed and then damaged. The inflammation and damage affects a patient’s ability to breathe. The damage caused by autoimmune lung disease can be irreversible, but some medications can slow the damage. What are autoimmune.. read more →

Atelectasis is the complete or partial collapse of a long or a lobe of a lung. It is one of the most common breathing complications after surgery. What is atelectasis? Atelectasis is a complete or partial collapse of a lung and develops when the alveoli, or tiny air sacs, within the lung become deflated. This.. read more →

Nearly 40 percent of all Americans complain of some sort of difficulty with either falling asleep, staying asleep or daytime fatigue. For these millions of sufferers, sleep-related disorders can result in lost productivity at work, loss of strength or stamina, decreased libido, etc. In their mildest forms, sleep related problems create constant annoyance, as well.. read more →

Amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity is induced after the long-term use of the FDA-approved drug Amiodarone, a medicine used to control rapid heartbeat that starts in the lower chamber of the heart. Symptoms may include progressive dyspnea, dry cough and pleuritic chest pain. Once a patient is diagnosed with Amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity, they should stop taking Amiodarone.. read more →