COPD News

The most common comorbidities observed in COPD patients were cardiovascular disease (34.8%), diabetes (22.8%), and asthma (14.7%). Most patients (52.8%)
There is no cure for COPD, but some patients at the COPD clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital have found that a certain type of music is good medicine.
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Multiple news sites are reporting that actor Leonard Nimoy, famed for his role as "Spock" in the TV/film franchise "Star Trek," has died of end-stage COPD.
A study from Brazil found that primary care patients were more familiar with the term “emphysema” (75.1%) than "COPD" (9.2%), a disparity they say was linked to level of education.
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
According to multiple news reports, "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy, who suffers from COPD, was rushed to UCLA Medical Center on Thursday for “severe chest pains.”
Inhaled corticosteroids are commonly prescribed for asthma and COPD but need careful management to minimize the risk of side effects.
Improving access to specialist care and smoking cessation support are among the actions that can better COPD patient care, according to a national report from the UK.
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As healthcare reform and reimbursement procedures grow more complex, integrating COPD navigator education into the curriculum of respiratory care programs is critical to the clinical and career success of students.
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Compared to COPD, asthma, or cystic fibrosis, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency lung disease is not well known, but dedicated researchers and RTs continue to support patients and work towards finding new treatment options.
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Jaber Hassan, MD, of the Blount Memorial Sleep Health Center, says that recent advances in non-invasive ventilator support using BPAP or BiPAP systems have notably decreased patients’ with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) chances of needing an invasive ventilator.
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A study to investigate the effects of acute beetroot juice ingestion on the exercise capacity of COPD patients shows some promise, but a larger clinical trial is needed to verify results.
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Patients with COPD should change their diet to include things such as protein and healthy fats in order to preserve strength and improve lung function.
Chronic health conditions, such as COPD and congestive heart failure, can be exacerbated over the holiday season.
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Researchers are calling for high-quality studies to investigate the relationship between exercise and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after a systematic review found a poor level of evidence.
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Vitamin D supplements can reduce COPD exacerbations by over 40% in patients with a vitamin D deficiency, according to new research in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
A COPD audit from the Royal College of Physicians shows that some hospitals are not meeting national service standards for patients with COPD.
Duaklir Genuair (aclidinium bromide/formoterol fumarate 340/12 mcg) has been granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission (EC).
A recent audit has revealed the need for more respiratory phsiotherapists to provide care for COPD patients, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.