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Pulmonary rehab on call: TELEHEALTH offers dial-up help for the rural and remote
A program that delivers pulmonary rehabilitation via video-conferencing technology, the internet and other emerging technologies to patients who live too far from respiratory therapy centers to make the twice-weekly trip improves their clinical condition, outcome and quality of life in just eight weeks, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 20. (2008-05-19)
Sentara begins international trial -- open at only 24 US locations
Researchers at Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute begin a new international study to explore the safety and effectiveness of stents to open airways of patients with advanced emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (2008-09-25)
Use of inhaled corticosteroid budesonide does not increase risk of pneumonia in lung disease patients
Contrary to other research findings, patients using the inhaled corticosteroid budesonide to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not at increased risk of pneumonia, and the drug is safe to use in these patients, concludes an article in this week's COPD special issue of the Lancet. (2009-08-27)
Protecting the lungs against 'collateral damage' from the immune system
A study published today in the journal Science shows how our bodies try to minimize potential (2010-09-02)
Computer game helps COPD patients breathe better
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may gain better control over their breathing and breathe more efficiently by using their breath to play a computer game, according to new research. (2008-04-15)
Embargoed news for Annals of Internal Medicine
Below is information about three articles being published in the May 15 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (2012-05-14)
New research about COPD
The following news briefs are embargoed until the date/time listed below each title. (2007-10-24)
American Thoracic Society journal news tips for May 2005 (first issue)
Newsworthy research studies show that: increased use of the over-the-counter pain killer acetaminophen was associated with a greater prevalence of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; a high proportion of relatives of intensive care unit patients who had been either discharged or died demonstrated major risk of post-traumatic stress reaction; and vitamin C supplementation during pregnancy in rhesus monkeys limited the deleterious effects of nicotine exposure to their offspring's lung function. (2005-05-02)
New approach to underweight COPD patients
Malnutrition often goes hand in hand with COPD and is difficult to treat. (2010-10-04)
Simple test can help detect common lung disease
If you are a smoker or former smoker you should have a simple lung-function test, called spirometry, according to a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spirometry can help detect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. (2004-06-23)
Cell division abnormality contributes to inflammation in COPD
Changes in the ability of lung cells to divide may play a role in initiating or prolonging lung tissue inflammation, a hallmark of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a study conducted by researchers in France. (2011-05-15)
New vaccine shows promise for COPD patients at risk for pneumonia
A new vaccine against pneumonia may offer better protection from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients than the currently accepted vaccine, according to recent research that will be published in the Sept. (2009-09-08)
Comorbidities are common in patients with COPD
The majority of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) referred for pulmonary rehabilitation have multiple extra-pulmonary comorbidities, according to a new study from the Netherlands. (2012-05-21)
New data examines effect of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on survival in patients with COPD
The findings of a retrospective database study examining the effect of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on survival in COPD patients1 were presented today at the American College of Chest Physicians CHEST 2002 Annual Conference in San Diego. (2002-11-06)
Some smokers have genetic predisposition to develop COPD, research shows
Some people have a genetic variation that makes them more susceptible to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease if they smoke tobacco, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. (2007-07-11)
COPD patients with most severe form more likely to harbor pneumocystis in their lungs
While smoking may be the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), severity of COPD could be influenced by a common organism, Pneumocystis jiroveci, that can colonize in lungs without causing outward symptoms, suggests results of a University of Pittsburgh study published in August 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a journal of the American Thoracic Society. (2004-08-15)
Bacterial alterations source of persistent COPD lung infections
Clever bacteria populations may be changing just enough to keep ahead of patients' immune systems, causing a mysterious intensification of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) -- the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. (2002-08-14)
College education and moderate alcohol intake linked to lower COPD risk
College education and alcohol consumption may be linked to risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (2012-10-22)
Yale study shows why cigarette smoke makes flu, other viral infections worse
A new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine could explain why the cold and flu virus symptoms that are often mild and transient in non-smokers can seriously sicken smokers. (2008-07-24)
Wireless patients
A wireless monitoring system for people with debilitating conditions such as Parkinson's disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder could allow health-care workers to assess a patient's health and the development of their disease without hindering their movements. (2010-05-26)
NIH award goes to UT MD Anderson imaging innovator Guerrero
Digging more data out of lung CT scans to improve treatment of lung cancer and diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has earned a physician-scientist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. (2010-10-01)
Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Aug. 2, 2011
Appearing in the Aug. 2 issue of Annal of Internal Medicine: (2011-08-01)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases the risk of sudden cardiac death
People suffering from the common lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. (2015-04-28)
More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor? New U-M study suggests so
The federal government will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals for chronic lung disease and other conditions are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. (2014-11-01)
Psoriasis patients at increasing risk for range of serious medical conditions
Patients with mild, moderate and severe psoriasis had increasingly higher odds of having at least one major medical disease in addition to psoriasis, when compared to patients without psoriasis. (2013-08-07)
1 in 3 patients with asthma or COPD misuse inhalers
One out of three patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease use their inhalers incorrectly, a new study shows (2007-10-23)
New data show SPIRIVA® significantly reduces COPD exacerbations and related health resource burden
SPIRIVA® (tiotropium) significantly reduced exacerbations and health resource utilization compared with placebo in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a data presented today at the annual European Respiratory Society meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. (2004-09-07)
World's leading lung societies unite to call for improvements in health care
Experts from the world's leading lung organizations have come together for the first time to call for a worldwide effort to improve health-care policies and systems and care delivery to make a positive difference for the lung health of the world. (2013-11-20)
Media availability: New results show some severe emphysema patients continue to benefit from surgery
New results from the landmark National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) confirm and extend earlier findings that selected patients with advanced emphysema predominately in the upper area of the lung may benefit from bilateral lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) and the benefits are still apparent with two more years of follow-up. (2006-08-01)
Clinical trial data: Safety/efficacy of concomitant formoterol fumarate/tiotropium treating COPD
Data presented today at CHEST 2007, the annual scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, demonstrate concomitant use of nebulized formoterol fumarate and tiotropium provided improved bronchodilation over tiotropium monotherapy and was well-tolerated in this clinical study. (2007-10-24)
How gene profiling in emphysema is helping to find a cure
New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Medicine has identified genes whose activity is altered with increasing lung damage and, using a database of drug effects on gene activity (the Connectivity Map), finds that the compound Gly-His-Lys (GHK) affects the activity of these genes. (2012-08-30)
High incidence of bowel disease seen in people with lung conditions
People with airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the findings of a new study. (2014-11-18)
COPD patients may breathe easier, thanks to the Wii
According to a new study conducted by researchers in Connecticut, the Wii Fit offers patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease an effective workout -- and one that, because it is enjoyable, patients are more likely to use. (2011-05-16)
MUHC leads pan-Canadian initiative on respiratory disease
The leading cause of hospitalization and the third leading cause of death in Canada, namely chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one of the least understood diseases. (2010-04-16)
News briefs from the journal Chest, August 2007
The following are select studies from the journal Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. (2007-08-13)
Opium use linked to almost double the risk of death from any cause
Long-term opium use, even in relatively low doses, is associated with almost double the risk of death from many causes, particularly circulatory diseases, respiratory conditions and cancer, concludes a study published on today. (2012-04-17)
Studies find eating fruits and vegetables good for lungs
Eating fruits and vegetables appears to reduce the risk of developing some types of lung disease and may even improve lung function, according to research presented today at the American Thoracic Society's International Conference in San Francisco, California. (2001-05-20)
Obstructive lung disease linked with decline in memory and information processing
Obstructive lung disease has been linked with a decline in cognitive functioning, including memory and information processing. (2013-09-10)
High coronary calcium score may signal increased risk of cancer, kidney and lung disease
A 10-year follow-up study of more than 6,000 people who underwent heart CT scans suggests that a high coronary artery calcium score puts people at greater risk not only for heart and vascular disease but also for cancer, chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (2016-03-16)
Pulmonary rehabilitation and improvement in exercise capacity improve survival in COPD
Pulmonary rehabilitation and improvement in exercise capacity significantly improve survival in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a new study from the UK. (2012-05-21)
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