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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6 Business Park Drive; Suite 202
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Regina Palazzo works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Branford, CT, Guilford, CT, and New London, CT. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Palazzo is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. She trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Palazzo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, Bronchitis, Allergies, Sickle Cell Disease, Asthma

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
960 Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Richard Kaufman is a Branford, CT physician who specializes in allergy & immunology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kaufman takes Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Kaufman obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunization, Ear Infection, Hives, Fibromyalgia, Insect Allergy, Respiratory ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
251 West Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Prathibha Kumar works as a general internist. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. She is conversant in Kannada.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Bone Density Test, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Samuel Hahn specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in New Haven, CT and Branford, CT. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hahn is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hahn takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Down Syndrome, Women's Heart Disease, Nuclear Stress Test, Holter ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Alanna Coughlin's medical specialty is general pediatrics. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem. Dr. Coughlin's education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Child Abuse, Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Counseling, Sports Physicals, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
144 N Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. James Zumpano works as a general internist in Branford, CT. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zumpano is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. He is accepting new patients. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael.

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Relevant Interests: , bronchitis, asthma

All Interests: Primary Care, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Peripheral Vascular ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12 Village Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Bjorn Ringstad practices general internal medicine. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ringstad takes. He graduated from the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ringstad completed his residency training at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Ringstad is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumonia, Sinus Problems, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Linda Waldman's specialty is general pediatrics. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Waldman honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Waldman attended medical school at Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Sports Physicals, Consultation, Immunization, Ear Infection, Eating ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
420 E Main Street; Building 2 Suite 6
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Robert Dorr specializes in general pediatrics. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for residency. Dr. Dorr is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dorr's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Physical Exams, Allergies, Asthma

Specializes in General Pediatrics
682 East Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Dawn Torres sees patients in Branford, CT and North Branford, CT. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. She accepts Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Torres completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Child Abuse, Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Counseling, Sports Physicals, ... (Read more)

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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