Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Eosinophilic COPD vs COPD with asthma: comparing clinical characteristics

Eosinophilic COPD vs COPD with asthma: comparing clinical characteristics

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Distinct differences occur between eosinophilic COPD and COPD patients with asthma.

Pulmonary hyperinflation linked to larger pulmonary artery in COPD

Pulmonary hyperinflation linked to larger pulmonary artery in COPD

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Increased residual volume is associated with a larger pulmonary artery in patients with COPD.

Inhaled corticosteroid use linked to increased pneumonia risk in asthma patients

Inhaled corticosteroid use linked to increased pneumonia risk in asthma patients

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The use of inhaled corticosteroids is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia in asthma patients.

Managing elderly patients with COPD through empowerment

Managing elderly patients with COPD through empowerment

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Use of the empowerment approach is necessary for health promotion in older patients with COPD, but little attention has been paid to the dimensions of empowerment in COPD management.

Utibron Neohaler available for long-term treatment of COPD

Utibron Neohaler available for long-term treatment of COPD

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Utibron Neohaler inhalation powder is indicated for the long-term maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD.

Managing COPD exacerbations: A new clinical guideline

Managing COPD exacerbations: A new clinical guideline

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The European Respiratory Society and the American Thoracic Society have released a guideline for the treatment of patients with COPD exacerbations.

Statins may reduce pulmonary artery pressure in COPD patients

Statins may reduce pulmonary artery pressure in COPD patients

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A daily dose of atorvastatin could reduce pulmonary artery pressure among patients with COPD.

Early use of noninvasive techniques for clearing respiratory secretions in COPD

Early use of noninvasive techniques for clearing respiratory secretions in COPD

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A novel technique involving NPPV reduced the risks of nosocomial infection, requirement for intubation, and hospital mortality in patients with COPD.

ICU may be overused for some patients with heart or lung disease

ICU may be overused for some patients with heart or lung disease

Researchers also observed no difference in 30-day mortality rates between patients in the ICU and those who received regular inpatient care in another hospital unit.

Global tobacco control treaty reduced worldwide smoking rates

Global tobacco control treaty reduced worldwide smoking rates

Countries committed to introducing policies such as high tobacco taxes and smoke-free public spaces.

Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of COPD in smokers

Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of COPD in smokers

A strong inverse association between total fruit and vegetable consumption and COPD was observed in smokers but not in never-smokers.

Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of acute respiratory tract infection

Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of acute respiratory tract infection

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Patients receiving vitamin D for deficiency without bolus doses experienced the most benefit.

Pneumococcal vaccination reduces pneumonia risk in COPD patients

Pneumococcal vaccination reduces pneumonia risk in COPD patients

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Polyvalent pneumococcal vaccines offered protection against community-acquired pneumonia in COPD patients.

COPD exacerbations reduced with budesonide/formoterol treatment

COPD exacerbations reduced with budesonide/formoterol treatment

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Budesonide/formoterol treatment decreased exacerbations in COPD after 3 months.

Patients with chronic diseases are frequently overly optimistic about life expectancy

Patients with chronic diseases are frequently overly optimistic about life expectancy

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Self-estimated life expectancy rates may differ from clinician-estimated rates of survival.

Morning symptoms in COPD linked to limited physical activity

Morning symptoms in COPD linked to limited physical activity

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Many patients with COPD report morning symptoms that are negatively associated with physical activity.

Medicare bundled payment initiative did not reduce COPD readmissions

Medicare bundled payment initiative did not reduce COPD readmissions

The multidisciplinary care intervention did not reduce COPD readmissions or achieve substantial savings.

GOLD Report includes updated COPD management recommendations

GOLD Report includes updated COPD management recommendations

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The GOLD Report includes a revised definition of COPD and updates guidelines for managing exacerbations.

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

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It is important to use the right terminology when discussing medical terms, specifically ones associated with smoke-related respiratory conditions, according to the researchers.

Predicting COPD exacerbation onset with use of physiological parameters

Predicting COPD exacerbation onset with use of physiological parameters

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Researchers conducted a systematic review of the effectiveness of monitoring physiological parameters to predict COPD exacerbations.

Improvement needed in managing COPD in women

Improvement needed in managing COPD in women

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The prevalence of COPD globally is increasing more rapidly in women than in men.

COPD Assessment Test indicates mortality risk in interstitial lung disease

COPD Assessment Test indicates mortality risk in interstitial lung disease

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Researchers conducted a study to verify the CAT as a predictor of outcome among patients with interstitial lung disease.

Questionnaire and peak expiratory flow identify undiagnosed COPD

Questionnaire and peak expiratory flow identify undiagnosed COPD

The CAPTURE questionnaire with peak flow can identify patients who would benefit from COPD therapy.

Long-term oxygen therapy not beneficial for COPD patients with moderate desaturation

Long-term oxygen therapy not beneficial for COPD patients with moderate desaturation

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Long-term supplemental oxygen has no benefit in patients with stable COPD and resting or exercise-induced moderate desaturation.

COPD and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may have common genetic network

COPD and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may have common genetic network

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Researchers used integrated genomics to identify convergent transcriptomic pathways in emphysema and IPF.

Omalizumab effective for asthma and overlapping COPD

Omalizumab effective for asthma and overlapping COPD

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Omalizumab is useful in the management of severe asthma with overlapping COPD.

Number of COPD cases predicted to increase until 2030

Number of COPD cases predicted to increase until 2030

Researchers predict that the number of COPD cases will increase by more than 150% from 2010 to 2030.

Endoscopic sinus surgery may improve asthma quality of life in rhinosinusitis

Endoscopic sinus surgery may improve asthma quality of life in rhinosinusitis

Endoscopic sinus surgery improved asthma quality of life and control in patients with uncontrolled asthma.

Acute exacerbations may accelerate lung function decline in smokers with COPD

Acute exacerbations may accelerate lung function decline in smokers with COPD

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Exacerbations were associated with accelerated lung function loss in patients with established COPD.

COPD mortality rate decreases in the United States

COPD mortality rate decreases in the United States

COPD-related mortality was reduced by 12.3% between 2000 and 2014.

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