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Long-Term Inhaled Corticosteroid Use in COPD May Increase Fracture Risk

Long-Term Inhaled Corticosteroid Use in COPD May Increase Fracture Risk

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease had a modest increased risk for hip and upper extremity fractures when taking long-term, high-dose inhaled corticosteroids.

COPD-Related Lung Transplantation: How Can We Improve Survival Rates?

COPD-Related Lung Transplantation: How Can We Improve Survival Rates?

Lung transplantation can improve survival in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but several variables can affect the surgery's success.

Palliative Care for COPD: Physicians' Views and Treatment Patterns

Palliative Care for COPD: Physicians' Views and Treatment Patterns

Researchers conducted an anonymous survey of medical trainees with a case vignette to determine attitudes regarding palliative care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Antibiotics for Acute Exacerbations in COPD: Comparison of Effectiveness and Tolerability

Antibiotics for Acute Exacerbations in COPD: Comparison of Effectiveness and Tolerability

Researchers compared the clinical cure and adverse effect rates of multiple antibiotics in the treatment of acute exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Blood Biomarkers Add Value to COPD Mortality Predictive Model

Blood Biomarkers Add Value to COPD Mortality Predictive Model

High levels of C-reactive protein and neutrophils as well as low eosinophil count predicted a poor prognosis in COPD.

Respiratory Symptoms in Young Adults: Prognostic Value for Later Lung Function?

Respiratory Symptoms in Young Adults: Prognostic Value for Later Lung Function?

Respiratory symptoms that develop between the ages of 18 and 30 may hold prognostic value for later decline in lung function.

Guiding COPD Management Using Airway Branch Variation

Guiding COPD Management Using Airway Branch Variation

Researchers examined variation in airway branches to determine whether they have an effect on the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

COPD Exercise Capacity With Long-Acting Bronchodilators

COPD Exercise Capacity With Long-Acting Bronchodilators

Patients with COPD experienced a weighted mean increase in exercise endurance time following treatment with long-acting bronchodilators.

COPD Study Supports Concomitant Beta-Blocker Use in Moderate to Severe Disease

COPD Study Supports Concomitant Beta-Blocker Use in Moderate to Severe Disease

Lung function may not differ between individuals who take beta-blockers vs those who do not for moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Clinical Challenge: Elderly Man Presents With Dyspnea at Rest and Chronic Cough

Clinical Challenge: Elderly Man Presents With Dyspnea at Rest and Chronic Cough

An 80-year-old man with a history of smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and COPD presents to the emergency department with dyspnea at rest and chest tightness.

Predicting COPD Exacerbations, Treatment Responses via Eosinophil Counts

Predicting COPD Exacerbations, Treatment Responses via Eosinophil Counts

COPD exacerbation risk and treatment response may be predicted using blood eosinophil counts.

Procalcitonin-Guided Pneumonia Treatment Associated With Improved Outcomes

Procalcitonin-Guided Pneumonia Treatment Associated With Improved Outcomes

Procalcitonin may decrease mortality rates in patients with acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

COPD Mortality Predictions by GOLD 2017 vs Previous Versions

COPD Mortality Predictions by GOLD 2017 vs Previous Versions

Although the 2017 GOLD classification did not better predict mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overall, it did so when patients were extensively categorized by severity.

COPD Continues to Present Screening Challenges, Research Barriers

COPD Continues to Present Screening Challenges, Research Barriers

No data have demonstrated improved mortality, morbidity, or quality of life as a result of screening for COPD in asymptomatic individuals.

Postoperative Pulmonary Complications With Asthma or COPD

Postoperative Pulmonary Complications With Asthma or COPD

Researchers found various risk factors for postoperative pulmonary complications in patients with either asthma or COPD.

Preventing COPD Exacerbations in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Preventing COPD Exacerbations in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

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

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

Stable Hypercapnic COPD May Benefit From At-Home High-Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Therapy

Stable Hypercapnic COPD May Benefit From At-Home High-Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen Therapy

Patients with stable hypercapnic COPD reported improved health-related quality of life after 6 weeks of at-home high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy.

Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD: Potential Cardiovascular Risk

Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD: Potential Cardiovascular Risk

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.

COPD and Asthma Risk in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

COPD and Asthma Risk in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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.

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