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Study says inhalers ok to use amid COVID-19 concerns
University of Huddersfield researchers find that the benefits of inhalers for asthma sufferers outweigh the risks of contracting coronavirus, following concerns raised after WHO warned that steroids could reduce immunity. (2020-07-09)
New research confirms higher rates of new coronavirus in Latinx populations
In a new analysis of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, test results for nearly 38,000 people has found a positivity rate among Latinx populations about 3 times higher than for any other racial and ethnic group. (2020-06-23)
Lung development may explain why some non-smokers get COPD and some heavy smokers do not
According to a new study, people with small airways relative to the size of their lungs may have a lower breathing capacity and, consequently, an increased risk for COPD -- even if they don't smoke or have any other risk factors. (2020-06-09)
Undersized airways may explain why nonsmokers get COPD
A mismatch between airway and lung size may explain why some nonsmokers get COPD and some heavy smokers do not, according to a new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. (2020-06-09)
Compact electronic nose to identify human lung diseases
Researchers from Russia and Italy have proposed a compact sensor system that can implement the functionality of the electronic nose and developed a reproducible technology for its manufacture. (2020-05-14)
Is pulmonary rehab after hospitalization for COPD associated with better survival?
Claims data for nearly 200,000 Medicare patients were used to examine the association between starting pulmonary rehabilitation within 90 days of being hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and survival after one year. (2020-05-12)
COPD and smoking associated with higher COVID-19 mortality
Current smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of severe complications and higher mortality with COVID-19 infection, according to a new study published May 11, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jaber Alqahtani of University College London, UK, and colleagues. (2020-05-11)
Benefits of higher doses of certain medicines fail to justify costs and risks, study shows
Clinical trial data behind drug dose recommendations for elevated cholesterol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease illustrate how larger doses may not be worth the extra costs for many types of patients. (2020-05-05)
Different trigger points for seeking healthcare may explain gender divide
Men might not be more reluctant to see a doctor than women are, as is popularly believed, but may simply have different trigger points for seeking healthcare, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2020-04-30)
COPD as a lung stem cell disease
Two internationally renowned stem cell researchers at the University of Houston have found an abundance of abnormal stem cells in the lungs of patients who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a leading cause of death worldwide. (2020-04-15)
/LAMA combination therapy more effective for COPD patients with exercise intolerance
Clinicians grappling with the pharmacologic management of COPD in patients complaining of exercise intolerance or dyspnea now have new guidance. (2020-04-14)
Higher levels of coronavirus 'entry point' enzyme in lungs of COPD patients and smokers
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and people who currently smoke may have higher levels of a molecule, called angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2), in their lungs according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal today (Thursday). (2020-04-08)
COPD linked to heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked
COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is linked to a heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked, indicates research published online in the journal Thorax. (2020-04-02)
Three-drug combination reduces COPD patient mortality
Once-daily treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with an inhaler combining fluticasone furoate (FF), umeclidinium (UMEC) and vilanterol (VI) reduced all-cause mortality by 42 percent, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2020-03-18)
UK study highlights importance of spirometry in diagnosing COPD
A UK study of patients participating in low-dose CT lung cancer screening highlights the importance of spirometry (breathing tests) in the assessment of possible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and demonstrates that over-reliance on radiological changes alone may result in detection of clinically insignificant disease. (2020-03-13)
Lung diseases linked to higher rheumatoid arthritis risk
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were each associated with increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis in a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology. (2020-03-04)
COPD patients' hospital stays 67% shorter due to one additional staff meeting, study finds
The average length of stay for patients with COPD at the hospital with ICCs was 3.37 days, compared to 5.55 days in the hospital without them. (2020-02-24)
Traditional biomass stoves shown to cause lung inflammation
Traditional stoves that burn biomass materials and are not properly ventilated, which are widely used in developing nations where cooking is done indoors, have been shown to significantly increase indoor levels of harmful PM2.5 (miniscule atmospheric particulates) and carbon monoxide (CO) and to stimulate biological processes that cause lung inflammation and may lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2020-02-21)
Rise in global deaths and disability due to lung diseases over past three decades
There has been an increase in deaths and disability due to chronic respiratory (lung) diseases over the past three decades, finds an analysis of data from 195 countries published by The BMJ today. (2020-02-19)
People living with HIV diagnosed with COPD 12 years younger than HIV-negative people
Researchers analyzed incidences of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among adults 35 years and older who were living with and without HIV between 1996 and 2015 in Ontario - where over 40 per cent of Canadians living with HIV reside. (2020-02-18)
Health coaching shown to improve inhaler use among low-income copd patients
Researchers conclude that improved inhaler technique and adherence are one of multiple factors contributing to long-term COPD outcomes, but their research has confirmed one technique--use of lay health coaches--that may help patients get optimal benefit from their COPD medications. (2020-02-18)
New hope for COPD patients possible with in-home device
In a new paper published Feb. 4 in JAMA, Mayo Clinic researchers describe the benefits of in-home noninvasive ventilation therapy, which includes a type referred to as bilevel positive airway pressure, or BiPAP -- for many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (2020-02-04)
Researchers describe unique genetic identity of primordial lung progenitors
For the first time, researchers describe the genetic program behind primordial lung progenitors -- embryonic cells that give rise to all the cells that form the lining of the respiratory system after birth. (2020-01-31)
Does lung damage speed pancreatic cancer?
High levels of CO2 in the body, due to chronic respiratory disorders, may exacerbate pancreatic cancer, making it more aggressive and resistant to therapy. (2020-01-29)
Evidence linking 'vaping' to increased odds of asthma and COPD
Using data from a large federal government telephone survey of adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that inhaling heated tobacco vapor through e-cigarettes was linked to increased odds of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conditions long demonstrated to be caused by smoking traditional, combustible cigarettes. (2020-01-07)
Cancer drugs could potentially treat COPD, Sheffield research finds
New research has shown the potential for clinically available cancer treatments to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (2020-01-06)
Back new PACK training tackles common diseases in developing countries
An educational outreach training package has shown to be effective for improving management of respiratory diseases in Brazil, raising hopes it could be rolled out to treat other common, severe diseases in low- and middle-income countries. (2019-12-20)
NTM infections on the rise nationally; women and elderly most affected
The number of people newly infected each year and the number of people living with nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease appears to be increasing, especially among women and those 65 and older, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2019-12-13)
Antiarrhythmic drug identified as potential treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension
High blood pressure in the lungs, known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is a potentially fatal disease caused by obstruction of blood flow in the lungs. (2019-12-12)
Lung images of twins with asthma add to understanding of the disease
In a case study published today, researchers used a specialized MRI technique in a set of twins with asthma. (2019-12-04)
New diagnostic criteria proposed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
More than 100 of the nation's leading pulmonologists have proposed new criteria for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (2019-11-12)
Crimped or straight? Lung fiber shape influences elasticity
Stiff collagen and stretchy elastin fibers packed together in rows allow the respiratory system to stretch and snap back into shape. (2019-10-28)
Anti-inflammatory agents can effectively and safely curb major depressive symptoms
Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin/paracetamol, statins, and antibiotics, can safely and effectively curb the symptoms of major depression, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. (2019-10-28)
Is exposure to disinfectants, cleaning products at work associated with COPD among female nurses?
This observational study investigated an association between exposure to disinfectants and cleaning products at work and risk of new cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among a large group of female nurses. (2019-10-18)
Ex-smokers, light smokers not exempt from lung damage
A new study shows that smoking even a few cigarettes a day is harmful to lungs and that former smokers continue to lose lung function at a faster rate than never-smokers for decades after quitting. (2019-10-09)
Pharmacists provide patient value in team-based care
As part of an innovative model being used at UNT Health Science Center, Dr. (2019-10-08)
Nanoparticles wiggling through mucus may predict severe COPD
In a proof-of-concept experiment, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have successfully used microscopic man-made particles to predict the severity of patients' chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by measuring how quickly the particles move through mucus samples. (2019-09-30)
New clinical trial analyses predict response to benralizumab by patients with COPD
New hypothesis-generating analyses of two international clinical trials named GALATHEA and TERRANOVA published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine and presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2019 in Madrid, Spain, identified clinical and physiological characteristics of patients with COPD that could help to identify people who are likely to have the greatest treatment effect with benralizumab. (2019-09-30)
Wrist-worn step trackers accurate in predicting patient health outcomes
in a new study, researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, found that steps measured through a step tracker worn on the wrist can be used to estimate exercise capacity and determine the health status of patients, rather than the standardized 6-minute walk distance test, which is usually conducted in a clinical setting. (2019-09-29)
'Smart shirt' can accurately measure breathing and could be used to monitor lung disease
A smart shirt that measures lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. (2019-09-29)
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