Opioid and benzodiazepine use was associated with more adverse respiratory events in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Furthermore, although adverse effects are not exacerbated in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, those with high-complexity COPD are at greater risk for adverse…
Women have a higher risk for severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations than men among newly diagnosed patients.
Treatment failure may be significantly reduced by a 3-month course of azithromycin for acute COPD exacerbations that require hospitalization.
Sustained use of inhaled corticosteroids is associated with a reduced risk for lung cancer in patients with COPD.
Stratifying blood eosinophil counts as a biomarker in patients hospitalized for an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be beneficial.