Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a number of long-term conditions that are related to the obstruction of airflow in the lungs. There are two main types of COPD:
- Emphysema is when the air sacs known as alveoli lose their elasticity, therefore, causing the airways to become narrow. This causes a difficulty in breathing as oxygen is more reluctantly allowed to pass through the airways.
- Chronic Bronchitis is when the lung branches known as bronchi become inflamed and therefore increases mucus production in the airways, this phlegm causes aggressive coughing.
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Our research programs explore new ways to prevent, and better understand COPD and improve its diagnosis and management.
- COPD and breathless even with current treatment
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