COPD

Essential steps for treating those with COPD

Essential steps for treating those with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, presently incurable respiratory illness that is characterized by airflow obstruction. For long-term care professionals, knowledge about every aspect of this debilitating disease is critical for effective care and improving a patient's quality of life.

Two asthma inhalers left gasping for life

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Two asthma inhalers are being phased out, the Food and Drug Administration announced at the end of May.

Five-day COPD treatment quells flare-ups, reduces side effects, researchers find

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease flare-ups do better with a shorter round of prednisone, researchers have found.

FDA approves highly anticipated COPD medication

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The Food and Drug Administration has officially approved Breo Ellipta, a much-anticipated new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

New option for COPD patients possible

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A new treatment may be available for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, following a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel making a positive recommendation.

More seniors are hospitalized for respiratory disorders as the outdoor temperature rises, study finds

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Seniors are increasingly likely to be hospitalized for respiratory problems as it becomes warmer, according to a recently released study.

FDA approves Tudorza Pressair for COPD

FDA approves Tudorza Pressair for COPD

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide) for the long-term maintenance treatment of bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways in the lung) associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Study: Shorter stays but lower rehospitalization and death rates at VA hospitals

Quicker hospital discharges have not led to increased readmissions or deaths, according to a study of Veterans Administration hospitals published Tuesday.

Study shows COPD not an independent risk factor for lung cancer

Contrary to what some observers believe, a new study concludes that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not an independent risk factor for lung cancer.

Results of first-ever state study of COPD released

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Age-adjusted rates of those afflicted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) vary considerably within the United States. The low of less than 4% was reported from residents of Washington and Minnesota; the highest prevalence of more than 9% was found in Alabama and Kentucky.

COPD tied to poor sleep, low blood oxygen levels, research finds

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Low arterial blood oxygen levels are tied to poor sleep quality in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, new research finds.

COPD tied to poor sleep, low blood oxygen levels, research finds

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Low arterial blood oxygen levels are tied to poor sleep quality in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, new research finds.

Acupuncture is helpful in treatment of COPD, study finds

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Acupuncture appears to help the labored breathing that accompanies chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study suggests.

Study: Heart rate variability linked to lower quality of life in people with COPD

Heart-related therapies could improve the quality if life for individuals suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.

Daily antibiotic use could reduce COPD flare-ups, study finds

Long-term daily doses of the antibiotic azithromycin helped prevent life-threatening flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.

COPD drugs linked to urinary problems in men, study finds

A specific class of drugs used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may result in urinary problems for patients, new research finds.

Confidence building can increase light physical activity in COPD patients, study shows

Individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease often have sedentary lives, but new research shows a combination of exercise classes and confidence-building programs can lead to an increase in physical activity.

Remote monitoring of congestive heart failure and COPD patients may lower readmission rate

A pilot program using remote medical monitoring for recently hospitalized congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients resulted in a lower readmission rate, Crain's Detroit Business reported.

Inhaled corticosteroids extend life of COPD patients

Inhaled corticosteroids can lower the mortality rate of elderly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who have been hospitalized with pneumonia, a new study finds.

COPD patients more at risk for other cardiovascular diseases

Individuals on long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been found to face greater risk of death from other cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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