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Anxiety in COPD Benefits From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Self-Help

Anxiety in COPD Benefits From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Self-Help

Cognitive behavioral therapy interventions were statistically and clinically superior to self-help leaflets in the treatment of anxiety in patients with COPD.

Oral Corticosteroid Use in Asthma May Increase Risk for Complications

Oral Corticosteroid Use in Asthma May Increase Risk for Complications

The study authors aimed to assess AE risk and complications of OCS use in patients with asthma since most studies only report them in non-asthmatic patients.

Antibody Response to Flu Vaccine Evaluated in Benralizumab-Treated Asthma

Antibody Response to Flu Vaccine Evaluated in Benralizumab-Treated Asthma

The trial analyzed the antibody response of 103 asthmatic patients to the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Frailty Linked to Poor Health Outcomes in COPD

Frailty Linked to Poor Health Outcomes in COPD

Patients with COPD who were considered frail were more likely to have lower quality of life, increased rate and length of hospitalization, and a higher rate of mortality.

PM2.5 Exposure Linked to Asthma Rescue Medication Use

PM2.5 Exposure Linked to Asthma Rescue Medication Use

A 12% decrease in PM2.5 concentrations would result in an economic benefit of nearly $350 million annually.

Lower Maternal Vitamin D and E Intake Linked to Higher Childhood Asthma Risk

Lower Maternal Vitamin D and E Intake Linked to Higher Childhood Asthma Risk

The risk for asthma and wheezing in the first 10 years of childhood have been linked to a low maternal intake of vitamins D and E.

Self-Management Support Improves Quality of Life in COPD

Self-Management Support Improves Quality of Life in COPD

Compared with usual care, a comprehensive 3-month program combining transition and long-term self-management support for patients with COPD led to significantly fewer COPD-related hospitalizations and greater quality of life.

Omalizumab Shows Promise as Rescue Therapy in Status Asthmaticus

Omalizumab Shows Promise as Rescue Therapy in Status Asthmaticus

Omalizumab rescue therapy produced rapid results in a patient with refractory status asthmaticus.

COPD Tied to Obesity in Never-Smokers

COPD Tied to Obesity in Never-Smokers

A strong dose-response relationship was seen in never-smokers aged 50 and older.

Multiple Breath Washout Test Inaccuracies Revealed Via Over-Reader Assessment

Multiple Breath Washout Test Inaccuracies Revealed Via Over-Reader Assessment

Including invalid data decreases the validity of multiple breath washout measurements in clinical trials involving adults with bronchiectasis.

COPD Short-Term Outcomes Predicted by Risk Scale

COPD Short-Term Outcomes Predicted by Risk Scale

Ottawa COPD Risk Scale is valid for predicting short-term serious outcomes for patients in the emergency department.

Blood Eosinophilia-Targeted COPD Treatment: LABA-ICS vs LAMAs

Blood Eosinophilia-Targeted COPD Treatment: LABA-ICS vs LAMAs

Blood eosinophil concentrations could be used to target patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who are likely to respond to initial long-acting bronchodilator therapy.

COPD Prevalence Higher in Poor and Rural Communities

COPD Prevalence Higher in Poor and Rural Communities

Living in a rural community was a predictor for COPD prevalence, whether the individual had a history of smoking or was a current smoker.

COPD May Predict Mortality in Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Arrest

COPD May Predict Mortality in Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias, Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The presence of COPD is linked to higher all-cause mortality and cardiac death at 24 hours in high-risk patients who present with ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest.

Fatty Fish and Mediterranean Diet Effective as Asthma Treatment in Children

Fatty Fish and Mediterranean Diet Effective as Asthma Treatment in Children

A Mediterranean diet, including 2 servings of fatty fish per week, has the potential to reduce airway inflammation in children with asthma.

Sputum Microbiome May Predict Prognosis After COPD Hospitalization

Sputum Microbiome May Predict Prognosis After COPD Hospitalization

Decreasing alpha diversity in the microbiome profile of sputum samples of patients hospitalized with COPD acute exacerbations was associated with increased 1-year mortality.

Mepolizumab Considered Safe, Effective for Severe Eosinophilic Asthma

Mepolizumab Considered Safe, Effective for Severe Eosinophilic Asthma

Mepolizumab demonstrated long-term safety and efficacy in the management of severe eosinophilic asthma.

COPD, Nocturnal Hypoxemia May Increase CV Events in Women With Suspected OSA

COPD, Nocturnal Hypoxemia May Increase CV Events in Women With Suspected OSA

Nocturnal hypoxemia, along with COPD, increased the risk for cardiovascular events and mortality in female patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea.

Traveling by Airplane With COPD: Expert Advice

Traveling by Airplane With COPD: Expert Advice

Healthcare providers should educate all patients with COPD about their flight-related risks and the need to seek medical advice before flying.

Telling Time by Asthma, Allergy Symptom Severity

Telling Time by Asthma, Allergy Symptom Severity

Clinicians are gaining a better understanding of how asthma and allergies are regulated by the circadian clock, which will help patients better alleviate their symptoms.

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