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Emphysema is a debilitating disease that afflicts more than three million Americans. The disease is caused primarily by smoking and leads to a progressive, irreversible breakdown of lung tissue. This breakdown reduces the amount of lung tissue available for gas exchange and also impairs the lung's ability to inflate and deflate normally. As the disease advances, the most damaged areas of the lung over inflate within the chest cavity, trapping air and preventing the healthier lung areas from functioning normally. Eventually breathing becomes more difficult, leaving patients constantly feeling out-of-breath.
Epidemiology and Genetic Underpinnings of Clonal Hematopoiesis

Epidemiology and Genetic Underpinnings of Clonal Hematopoiesis

Researchers provide an entirely new perspective on tissue oxygenation

Researchers provide an entirely new perspective on tissue oxygenation

Discovery of a lung stem cell subset provides opportunity for new COPD treatments

Discovery of a lung stem cell subset provides opportunity for new COPD treatments

Genetic mutation appears to be a predisposing factor for COPD independent of smoking

Genetic mutation appears to be a predisposing factor for COPD independent of smoking

Inhibition of necroptosis may be a new therapeutic approach to treating COPD

Inhibition of necroptosis may be a new therapeutic approach to treating COPD

Cooking with wood may increase risk of developing lung damage

Cooking with wood may increase risk of developing lung damage

Researchers uncover a new cellular mechanism for disposing of misfolded proteins

Researchers uncover a new cellular mechanism for disposing of misfolded proteins