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After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

Posted 2 days 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Risk of heart failure appears high within a few years of a first heart attack, a new study finds. "Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalization and death," said study author Dr. Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Heart failure means the heart can't pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body's demands. Improved heart attack treatment has led to higher survival rates, leaving more patients susceptible to later heart failure, Gho said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 25,000 people in the United Kingdom who suffered a first heart attack. Nearly 25 percent of these patients developed heart failure within four years, the investigators found. Certain risk factors increased the risk of heart failure ... Read more

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Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they've been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty exercising and history of asthma. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, researchers said. Smoking is a major cause of the disease. "We found that a significant number of current and former smokers who don't meet the typical criteria for COPD [based on a breathing test] otherwise look and behave like patients who do carry a diagnosis of COPD," said study co-lead author Dr. Meilan Han, medical director of the University of Michigan Women's Respiratory Health Program. The study included more than 2,700 people. It included current or former smokers and people who never smoked. "We found significant respiratory ... Read more

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COPD Discovery Might Improve Treatment

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 15 2016 – Researchers say they've found a new way to predict how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will progress, a discovery they believe could improve COPD treatment. Their research might help doctors determine which patients are less likely to respond to standard treatment and are at higher risk for disease advancement, the study authors explained. COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – is a chronic lung disease that makes it tough to breathe. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, according to the American Lung Association. The new discovery concerns something called neutrophilic airway inflammation, which is associated with COPD. Neutrophils are white blood cells that are important for fighting infection. Scientists said that a type of neutrophil behavior called neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation in the lungs of COPD patients appears to ... Read more

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Many COPD Patients Have Trouble Finding Care

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease face high out-of-pocket costs and other significant barriers to adequate medical care, a new report finds. "This report reveals a real patchwork of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," the report's lead author, Dr. Meilan Han, said in a news release from The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The report, written by experts in the field of respiratory health, was commissioned by the journal to provide the first comprehensive look at chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care in the United States. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, Han said. And the condition disproportionately affects some of society's most vulnerable people, such as older people and those with low incomes. Many COPD patients lack access to medications and treatments that could improve their ... Read more

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Severe Asthma in Childhood Linked to COPD Risk Later

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Though many children with persistent asthma get better as they get older, some may go on to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in early adulthood, a new study suggests. People with the poorest lung function and reduced lung growth are most at risk for developing COPD, a chronic progressive condition that makes it hard to breathe, the researchers said. "Study participants were children with mild-to-moderate persistent asthma, which places them among the most severe 30 or 40 percent of all childhood asthmatics. Among this group, serious airway obstruction is an early life possibility," said researcher Michael McGeachie. "There may be interventions that can help mitigate these risks, although we do not specifically identify any," said McGeachie, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The ... Read more

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4 Ways You Can Cut Smog in Your Town

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – Those hazy days of summer may mean high smog levels for some northeastern U.S. states, but you can help reduce air pollution where you live, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Smog is a combination of ground-level ozone and fine particle air pollution. "Air pollution is a significant public health issue in New England," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of the EPA's New England office. "New Englanders need to pay close attention to air-quality alerts and limit strenuous outdoor activity on air-quality alert days. In addition, we can all take individual actions to reduce the air pollution that contributes to this public health risk," he said in an agency news release. As part of Air Quality Awareness Week May 2-6, the EPA outlined four steps you can take to reduce air pollution, including: Use public transit or walk whenever possible. Set ... Read more

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Bevespi Aerosphere Approved by the FDA for Patients with COPD

Posted 30 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

25 April 2016 – AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Bevespi Aerosphere (glycopyrrolate and formoterol fumarate) inhalation aerosol indicated for the long-term, maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Sean Bohen, Executive Vice-President, Global Medicines Development and Chief Medical Officer, said: “With the approval of Bevespi Aerosphere we are pleased to provide patients with the first LAMA/LABA in a pressurised metered-dose inhaler, delivered using our unique formulation technology. LAMA/LABAs are emerging as a preferred treatment option for many COPD patients. This class aims to provide maximum bronchodilation, which enables patients to breathe better and may help them be more active.” Bevespi Aerosphere is a twice-daily, ... Read more

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Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Long-term exposure to fine particles of air pollution – from cars, trucks, power plants and manufacturing facilities – is tied to an increased risk of dying from several kinds of cancer, a new study suggests. "Air pollution remains a clear, modifiable public health concern," said researcher G. Neil Thomas, a reader in epidemiology at the University of Birmingham in England. "Put simply, the more of these particulates there are in the air, the greater the risk of getting these cancers," Thomas said, although the study did not prove the particles actually cause cancer. The study, involving more than 66,000 older residents of Hong Kong, found an increased risk of dying from cancer for even small increases in exposure to these tiny particles of air pollution, which are measured in micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3). For example, the overall risk of dying from ... Read more

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Climate Change May Mean More Smoggy Days to Come: Study

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Climate change could cause many major American cities to experience more days with heavy ozone pollution in the coming decades, a new study predicts. If emission rates continue unchecked, regions within the United States could experience between three and nine additional days of unhealthy ozone levels between May and September by 2050, the study authors said. The researchers are concerned that climate change could undo the progress made under the Clean Air Act to rid U.S. skies of air pollution. "We found, in fact, that climate change could be a monkey wrench in our plans," said study co-author Loretta Mickley. She is a senior research fellow at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Cambridge, Mass. "The number of bad ozone days per summer could double – could increase by as much as a week – by the 2050s," she said. California, the ... Read more

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Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

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Exercise May Extend Lives of People With COPD

Posted 19 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 – Regular exercise could help boost the survival of people who've left the hospital after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. "We know that physical activity can have a positive benefit for people with COPD and these findings confirm that it may reduce the risk of dying following hospitalization," study lead author Dr. Marilyn Moy, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from ERJ Open Research. Her team published the findings in the journal on March 16. COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of the two, and is often related to smoking. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, chronic cough, wheezing and phlegm production. Over time, the condition can prove fatal. One expert, Dr. Alan Mensch, noted, "COPD is estimated to affect up to 7 percent of adults and ... Read more

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Mom's Smoking May Put Kids at Higher Risk of COPD in Adulthood

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 – The children of mothers who smoke heavily may face a much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of COPD risk among nearly 1,400 adults, and it suggests that heavy maternal smoking – more than 20 cigarettes per day – increases a child's long-term COPD risk nearly threefold. "The findings were not surprising to us," said study author Jennifer Perret. She is a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Air Quality and Evaluation in the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health at the University of Melbourne in Australia. "Smoking in later life can result in deficits in lung function by middle age. So it was not unexpected to see that mothers' smoking . . . could also adversely influence the growing lungs of [their children]," Perret said. And, "reduced ... Read more

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Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests. British scientists found the negative health effects of air pollution – such as a higher risk of lung and heart disease – can persist for more than 30 years. The study authors suggested that more research into the long-term health effects of air pollution – often called smog – is needed. "Air pollution has well established impacts on health, especially on heart and lung disease," study author Dr. Anna Hansell, from Imperial College London, said in a university news release. "The novel aspects of our study are the very long follow-up time and the very detailed assessment of air pollution exposure, using air-quality measurements going back to the 1970s." The researchers monitored air pollution levels in areas of England and ... Read more

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Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

Posted 2 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) – which is often related to smoking – includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of the two. Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, chronic cough, wheezing and phlegm production. Over time, the condition can prove fatal. The drug acetazolamide has been used for decades to help COPD patients breathe when they develop a dangerous condition called metabolic alkalosis. However, the French study authors said that, until now, there's been no clinical trial to prove that the drug is actually effective in such cases. To try to remedy that situation, the new study included 380 French COPD patients who were expected to receive mechanical ... Read more

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Implanted Lung Valves Show Promise in Some Emphysema Patients

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – New research suggests that more careful selection of patients could help improve the success rate of valves implanted into the lungs of people with emphysema. The valves aim to improve breathing, allowing patients with the chronic lung disease to be more active and to perhaps survive longer. Previous research into the valves has been mixed, but the new Dutch study found that they work more effectively if physicians are more selective about which patients get them. "The results are relatively impressive," said lung physician Dr. Gary Hunninghake, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "These are benefits that physicians would want to get, and patients might feel better. This could result in people being more enthusiastic about this technique." However, the valves come with a risk of serious side effects, the study authors noted, and the ... Read more

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