An abnormal condition of the lungs in which there is over inflation of the air sacs of the lungs, leading to a breakdown of their wall, a decrease in respiratory function, and, in severe cases, increasing breathlessness. It appears to be associated with chronic bronchitis, smoking and advancing age; one form that occurs early in life is related to a hereditary lack of an enzyme.

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An article about emphysema patients pulmonary function improving by very gentle rebounding on a mini-trampoline.
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FAQs about emphysema.
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An abstract on emphysema, discussing signs, symptoms, tests, and treatment.
eMedicine Health - Emphysema
Consumer health resource center providing information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment.
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Details about a clinical trial for those between the ages of forty and seventy four who have a confirmed diagnosis of emphysema. Information about participation and see if you are a candidate.
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Summaries of the latest research concerning fish oils and emphysema and cystic fibrosis.
National Emphysema Foundation
Information about the organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with emphysema, asthma and related diseases. Included are featured articles and resources.
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The first multi-center clinical trial designed to determine the role, safety, and effectiveness of bilateral lung volume reduction surgery in the treatment of emphysema.
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Article from ScienceDaily Magazine about medical researchers investigating whether removing portions of lungs can provide long-term benefit to patients severely disabled. (December 08, 1997)

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