COPD

Preventing COPD Exacerbations in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Preventing COPD Exacerbations in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

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A significant reduction in severe COPD exacerbations was seen with intensified combination therapy at the onset of upper respiratory tract infections.

COPD Home-Based Coaching Intervention: Effects on Physical Activity, Healthcare Utilization

COPD Home-Based Coaching Intervention: Effects on Physical Activity, Healthcare Utilization

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Patients with COPD may increase their physical activity levels using a home-based coaching intervention.

COPD and Asthma Risk in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

COPD and Asthma Risk in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Women with rheumatoid arthritis had an increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but did not have an increased risk for asthma compared with women without RA.

Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD: Potential Cardiovascular Risk

Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD: Potential Cardiovascular Risk

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Within the first 30 days of therapy, patients with COPD who began using long-acting bronchodilators had a 1.5-fold increased risk for cardiovascular events.

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

Precision Medicine May Pave the Way for Better Treatment in Asthma, COPD

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At a research seminar held by the European Respiratory Society in February 2017, a group of investigators discussed how precision medicine may improve treatment in asthma and COPD.

Predicting COPD Exacerbations Using Sputum vs Blood Eosinophils

Predicting COPD Exacerbations Using Sputum vs Blood Eosinophils

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Sputum eosinophil counts may be a better predictor of COPD exacerbations compared with serum blood eosinophil counts.

Biomarkers Useful for Differentiating Between Asthma and COPD

Biomarkers Useful for Differentiating Between Asthma and COPD

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Patients with asthma were found to have higher blood eosinophil counts, fractional exhaled nitric oxide levels, and total serum IgE concentrations compared with patients with COPD.

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

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

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

COPD: Concurrent Nebulized Glycopyrrolate, Long-Acting Bronchodilators Safe

COPD: Concurrent Nebulized Glycopyrrolate, Long-Acting Bronchodilators Safe

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The safety of concurrently administering nebulized glycopyrrolate with long-acting beta agonists was examined in 3 studies.

Using Coronary Artery Calcium to Predict Cardiovascular Events in COPD

Using Coronary Artery Calcium to Predict Cardiovascular Events in COPD

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

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.

Palliative Care Approaches for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Palliative Care Approaches for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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

COPD Diagnosis by Physician vs Spirometry: A Validation Study

COPD Diagnosis by Physician vs Spirometry: A Validation Study

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Questions involving physician-diagnosed COPD have a low sensitivity and a high specificity.

COPD Linked to Diabetes and Post-Diabetes Pneumonia

COPD Linked to Diabetes and Post-Diabetes Pneumonia

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, particularly with exacerbations, have an increased risk for diabetes development.

Does Procalcitonin Testing in COPD Impact Antibiotic Rx?

Does Procalcitonin Testing in COPD Impact Antibiotic Rx?

Researchers found a weak negative association between PCT testing rate and risk-adjusted antibiotic initiation rate.

Respiratory Therapist Autonomy With Noninvasive Ventilation May Improve COPD Outcomes

Respiratory Therapist Autonomy With Noninvasive Ventilation May Improve COPD Outcomes

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Timely selection and early intervention, attention to comfort, and frequent checks improved outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who were treated with noninvasive ventilation.

Errors in Spirometry, Primary Care Contribute to COPD Misdiagnosis

Errors in Spirometry, Primary Care Contribute to COPD Misdiagnosis

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be misdiagnosed in patients as a result of errors related to spirometry tests, errors made in primary care, and differential diagnoses, among others.

Loss of Lung Function Slowed With Fluticasone Furoate Tx

Loss of Lung Function Slowed With Fluticasone Furoate Tx

The rate of forced expiratory volume in one second decline in patients with moderate COPD can be reduced by regular use of fluticasone furoate, either alone or in combination with vilanterol.

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