Clinical Trials Related to Pulmonology
Pulmonology is the study and treatment of the respiratory system. Pulmonologists treat everything COPD/emphysema, to asthma to tuberculosis. Pulmonologists have expertise in infectious, structural, and inflammatory respiratory disorders. Sometimes this extends to the cardiovascular system.
Participate in a clinical trial to help find alternative treatment options for pulmonary conditions.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing. Asthma symptoms may be triggered by allergens or other, non-allergic stimuli, such as respiratory tract infections, cold air, or tobacco smoke. If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath and cough with sputum production. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for different types of COPD. Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of COPD, with factors such as air pollution and genetics playing a smaller role.
MAC lung disease is an infection caused a group of bacteria called Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). MAC includes two closely related species, Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium intracellulare, and may also be referred to as MAI. MAC is one of a large group of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), and the most common cause of NTM lung disease in the U.S.
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep. People with narcolepsy often find it difficult to stay awake for long periods of time regardless of circumstances. Narcolepsy is a chronic condition for which there is no cure.
Bronchiectasis is permanently dilated airways caused by chronic bronchial inflammation secondary to inappropriate clearance of various micro-organisms and recurrent infections in the airways.
Chronic cough is a persistent cough that lasts for at least eight weeks, and often much longer. Although cough is a common symptom of many lung diseases, chronic cough can’t always be linked to another disease or condition and it often doesn’t respond to treatment. If you have chronic cough, it can feel like a burden on your daily life, with lack of sleep, mental and physical exhaustion impacting your quality of life.
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking.
However, if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention.
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