Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, is a serious lung disease that can cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These breathing problems generally get worse over time, and can make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks.
Better medications are needed for people who have COPD. Local doctors are enrolling research studies to develop different medications for this condition. If you have COPD, you may qualify for one of these studies.