A significant reduction in severe COPD exacerbations was seen with intensified combination therapy at the onset of upper respiratory tract infections.
Patients with COPD may increase their physical activity levels using a home-based coaching intervention.
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.
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.
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.
Sputum eosinophil counts may be a better predictor of COPD exacerbations compared with serum blood eosinophil counts.
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.
A 3-variable score that encompasses dyspnea score, prednisone use, and prior hospitalization for COPD exacerbations can predict mortality and readmission risk.
The safety of concurrently administering nebulized glycopyrrolate with long-acting beta agonists was examined in 3 studies.
Coronary artery calcium may be the best noninvasive risk marker for predicting cardiovascular events in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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.
A multidisciplinary palliative care team may significantly benefit patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Questions involving physician-diagnosed COPD have a low sensitivity and a high specificity.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, particularly with exacerbations, have an increased risk for diabetes development.
Researchers found a weak negative association between PCT testing rate and risk-adjusted antibiotic initiation rate.
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.
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.
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.