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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.

FDA Approves New CFTR Modulator Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

FDA Approves New CFTR Modulator Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

A new cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulator treatment has been approved by the FDA for use in patients aged 12 years and older.

Maternal, Early Childhood Consumption of Sugary Drinks Linked to Asthma

Maternal, Early Childhood Consumption of Sugary Drinks Linked to Asthma

Maternal prenatal and early childhood intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and fructose is associated with current asthma in midchildhood.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Recommends CFTR Modulator Therapy in Select Patients

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Recommends CFTR Modulator Therapy in Select Patients

CFTR modulator therapy recommended in certain patients with cystic fibrosis.

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.

Oral Prednisolone for the Management of Pediatric Wheezing

Oral Prednisolone for the Management of Pediatric Wheezing

Children who received oral prednisolone vs placebo for virus-associated wheeze had a shorter length of hospital stay.

ABPA Complicating Asthma: Treatment Responses to Prednisolone vs Itraconazole

ABPA Complicating Asthma: Treatment Responses to Prednisolone vs Itraconazole

Prednisolone may be a more effective treatment in individuals with acute allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis complicated asthma, but with more adverse effects compared with itraconazole.

Asthma Exacerbations in Young Children Alleviated With Tiotropium

Asthma Exacerbations in Young Children Alleviated With Tiotropium

Researchers found that tiotropium was safe and may reduce the risk for exacerbations in young children with asthma.

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.

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.

Case: A 55-Year-Old Man With Asthma Presents to the ED With Dyspnea at Rest

Case: A 55-Year-Old Man With Asthma Presents to the ED With Dyspnea at Rest

A 55-year-old man with asthma presents to the emergency department with dyspnea at rest and electrocardiogram findings suggest a prior myocardial infarction.

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.

Asthma, Atopic Dermatitis Risk May Be Affected by Timing of Birth

Asthma, Atopic Dermatitis Risk May Be Affected by Timing of Birth

Timing of birth may increase risk for asthma or atopic dermatitis.

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