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COPD Hospitalization Outcomes Affected by Obesity

COPD Hospitalization Outcomes Affected by Obesity

Patients with obesity who are hospitalized for an acute exacerbation of COPD may have longer hospital stays and more often require mechanical ventilation.

Long-Term Inhaled Corticosteroid Use Associated With Increased Sputum Bacterial Load in COPD

Long-Term Inhaled Corticosteroid Use Associated With Increased Sputum Bacterial Load in COPD

Salmeterol plus fluticasone was associated with a significant increase in sputum bacterial load in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, compared to salmeterol alone.

COPD Hospitalization Risk With Rheumatoid Arthritis

COPD Hospitalization Risk With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis increased the risk of COPD-related hospitalization by 47%.

Impulse Oscillometry vs Spirometry for Measuring COPD Airway Obstruction

Impulse Oscillometry vs Spirometry for Measuring COPD Airway Obstruction

Impulse oscillometry is a better monitor of airway obstruction compared with spirometry in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Beta Blockers Linked to Longer Life Expectancy in COPD

Beta Blockers Linked to Longer Life Expectancy in COPD

In a retrospective analysis, researchers examined the efficacy of beta blocker therapy in prolonging patients' lives.

COPD Hospital Readmission, Mortality Risk Predicted by 3-Variable Score

COPD Hospital Readmission, Mortality Risk Predicted by 3-Variable Score

A 3-variable score that encompasses dyspnea score, prednisone use, and prior hospitalization for COPD exacerbations can predict mortality and readmission risk.

Nebulized Glycopyrrolate Improves Lung Function in Severe COPD With CV Risk Factors

Nebulized Glycopyrrolate Improves Lung Function in Severe COPD With CV Risk Factors

A recent study examined whether nebulized glycopyrrolate is safe to use in patients with severe COPD and comorbid cardiovascular risk factors.

Restrictive Spirometry Pattern Associated With Increased Arterial Stiffness

Restrictive Spirometry Pattern Associated With Increased Arterial Stiffness

Both reduced forced vital capacity and a restrictive spirometry pattern was associated with arterial stiffness in both men and women.

Chronic Respiratory Disease Mortality Rates Increase From 1980 to 2014

Chronic Respiratory Disease Mortality Rates Increase From 1980 to 2014

Mortality rates and changes in mortality rates for chronic respiratory diseases in the United States varied by county, sex, and particular disease type.

Inhaled Corticosteroids Do Not Increase Risk for Pneumonia in COPD

Inhaled Corticosteroids Do Not Increase Risk for Pneumonia in COPD

In contrast to previous study findings, inhaled corticosteroids do not appear to increase risk for pneumonia in patients with COPD with moderate airflow limitation.

Using Coronary Artery Calcium to Predict Cardiovascular Events in COPD

Using Coronary Artery Calcium to Predict Cardiovascular Events in COPD

Coronary artery calcium may be the best noninvasive risk marker for predicting cardiovascular events in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Updated Guidelines for Noninvasive Ventilation in Acute Respiratory Failure

Updated Guidelines for Noninvasive Ventilation in Acute Respiratory Failure

The European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society have released updated guidelines on the use of noninvasive ventilation for acute respiratory failure.

LABA Plus LAMA Therapy Associated With Fewer Exacerbations in COPD

LABA Plus LAMA Therapy Associated With Fewer Exacerbations in COPD

Long-acting muscarinic antagonists plus long-acting beta-agonists for COPD is associated with fewer exacerbations compared with long-acting beta-agonists plus inhaled corticosteroids.

Targeting Blood Eosinophil Counts in COPD Treatment

Targeting Blood Eosinophil Counts in COPD Treatment

Patients with COPD who have elevated blood eosinophilic levels may benefit from treatment with mepolizumab.

Airway Mucin May Serve as Confirmatory Biomarker for Chronic Bronchitis

Airway Mucin May Serve as Confirmatory Biomarker for Chronic Bronchitis

Current and former smokers with COPD had much higher total airway mucin concentrations compared with patients who had never smoked.

Palliative Care Approaches for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Palliative Care Approaches for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

A multidisciplinary palliative care team may significantly benefit patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Treating Early-Stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease With Tiotropium

Treating Early-Stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease With Tiotropium

In patients with mild or moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tiotropium improved the decline in FEV1, as well as quality of life.

Potential Role for Statins in COPD Treatment Armamentarium

Potential Role for Statins in COPD Treatment Armamentarium

Patients with COPD and comorbid cardiovascular disease may benefit from statin treatment depending on their C - reactive protein levels.

Is Undiagnosed COPD Common in Patients Living at High Altitudes?

Is Undiagnosed COPD Common in Patients Living at High Altitudes?

After accounting for individual risk factors, living altitude is not associated with variability in COPD prevalence.

Treating Eosinophilic COPD With Mepolizumab

Treating Eosinophilic COPD With Mepolizumab

Two phase 3 clinical trials examined mepolizumab 100 or 300 mg vs placebo to treat moderate-to-severe COPD exacerbations.

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