Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a series of progressive lung diseases like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and nonreversible asthma. Its predominant characteristic is increasing breathlessness, which can make day-to-day tasks difficult and daunting.
Understanding how to manage the condition — and knowing you aren’t alone — can make things easier. Each year, Healthline searches for online COPD resources that share information and support for those who need it. We hope these blogs bring you insight, perspective, and community.
Anyone looking for information about COPD or opportunities for action will find it at the COPD Foundation. On the blog, members share personal stories about their experiences with COPD. Staff articles include tips for healthy living, medications and therapies, relevant health policies, and common questions and answers.
The COPD Learn More Breathe Better program is a service of the National Institutes of Health. On its website, patients and their families and caregivers can access a variety of educational resources to learn more about managing and understanding COPD. Information geared to people at risk, including insights into genetic indicators of COPD risk, can help those who are living with the condition but not yet aware of it.
Visitors to Health Central will find expert advice and current news on COPD, including the latest research on symptoms, treatments, and prevention. Topics are wide-ranging, covering living with COPD, potential complications, supplements and risk factors. Also learn about symptoms, inhalers, medications, and other relevant issues.
Anyone recently diagnosed with COPD will find inspiration at COPD Athlete. Russell Winwood completed his first Ironman following his diagnosis with stage 4 COPD. His blog serves as a powerful reminder that no one should be defined by a disease. Readers will find stories of other respiratory heroes, tips for nutrition and staying active, current COPD news, and podcast episodes.
The American Lung Association maintains this blog. It serves as a platform for experts, researchers, and staff to share information and insights into the fight for healthy lungs and air. Featured articles include inspiring stories from people living with lung disease, health and fitness tips, and the impact of tobacco and smoking.
Breathlessness is a very personal experience. Life of Breath, a five-year research project funded by the Wellcome Trust, does a wonderful job of illustrating that. While the project hopes to answer a series of research questions about breathing, breathlessness, and their respective relationships to illness and well-being, the blog takes a broad approach to the concept of breath. Collaborators discuss topics including breath in visual art and exhibitions, relevant conferences, management strategies for COPD, and much more.
COPD News Today serves as a news and information website about the disease, which makes it a go-to resource for the latest studies, statistics, and product reviews. For the most current information about anything related to COPD, start here.
From the makers of portable oxygen machines designed for those who need oxygen therapy comes a blog that offers a mix of great content. From tips on preparing for a pulmonary function test to the performance of over-the-counter canned oxygen canisters, this is information for anyone navigating COPD and considering portable oxygen use.
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Jessica Timmons has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. She writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy.