What happens in COPD, exactly?

What is it? COPD is a lung disease that impairs the normal flow of air for a long period of time. The typical symptoms include cough and shortness of breath. COPD worsens over time, and as the disease progresses, normal things like walking up stairs can become near impossible. COPD is extremely common; it affects… Continue reading What happens in COPD, exactly?

What happens in cystic fibrosis, exactly?

What is it? Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects primarily the lungs. The formation of sticky mucus leads to issues like recurrent infections and inflammations of the chest, as well as frequent coughing and difficulty¬†with breathing. The mucus can also block parts of the digestive system leading to a variety of problems. In… Continue reading What happens in cystic fibrosis, exactly?