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Obesity May Raise Risk of COPD

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 7, 2014 – Obese people, particularly those with excess belly fat, may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study suggests. The researchers report that women with a waist size of roughly 43 inches or more and men with waist size of 46 inches or more showed a 72 percent increased risk of developing the lung disease, compared with people who had a normal waist size. COPD, also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association. "It is already known that COPD may be prevented by avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke, air pollution and occupational dust damaging the lungs," said lead researcher Gundula Behrens, from the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Regensburg in Germany. "But maintaining a normal ... Read more

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COPD Patients Face Greater Risk of Heart Failure, Study Says

Posted 25 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 – People with the lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a significantly increased risk of developing heart failure, and the risk is highest among black patients, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed more than 386 million hospital patient discharge records in the United States from 2001 through 2010, including more than 33 million COPD patients aged 40 and older. Nearly 29 percent of COPD patients had heart failure, compared with 13 percent of patients without COPD. The researchers then analyzed the data by race and found that about 35 percent of blacks with COPD had heart failure, compared with about 15 percent of blacks without COPD. Among whites, nearly 29 percent of those with COPD and nearly 13 percent of those without COPD had heart failure. Among people of other races, the rates were about 25 percent and 11 ... Read more

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Diet Tied to Better Breathing in COPD Patients

Posted 21 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 – People with certain chronic lung diseases might breathe a bit easier when their diets contain healthy foods like fruits and fish, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 2,200 adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), those who ate fish, grapefruit, bananas and cheese tended to have better lung function and fewer symptoms than their counterparts who did not eat those foods. COPD is an umbrella term for the progressive lung diseases emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In the United States, about 15 million people have COPD, and the disease is the third leading cause of death nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. It's not clear yet whether diet has direct effects on COPD patients' lungs. The new study, reported at the American Thoracic Society's annual ... Read more

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Heat Waves Could Worsen COPD Symptoms, Study Suggests

Posted 18 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 – As air temperatures rise, so too may the symptoms of the chronic respiratory illness COPD, a new study suggests. The problem might be even more dire if predictions about global warming come to pass, the study's authors said. The study was slated for presentation Sunday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society. Getting a better understanding of who is most vulnerable to rising temperatures "is increasingly important in order to anticipate and prepare for health effects related to climate change," the study's lead author, Dr. Meredith McCormack, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a meeting news release. "These findings support the need for adaptive approaches to COPD treatment to prevent adverse health effects related to increases in temperature," she said. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, refers to a group ... Read more

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FDA Approves Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium) for the Treatment of COPD

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

London UK - 30 April 2014, GlaxoSmithKline plc today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium) as an anticholinergic indicated for the long-term, once-daily, maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Umeclidinium is GSK’s first once-daily anticholinergic, a type of bronchodilator also known as a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA), and is contained in the Ellipta® inhaler. The FDA-approved strength is 62.5 mcg. Following this approval by the FDA, it is anticipated that launch activities in the US will commence during the fourth quarter of 2014. The phase III pivotal programme for umeclidinium included seven clinical studies which involved over 2,500 COPD patients treated with umeclidinium or placebo. About CO ... Read more

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Smoke-Free Laws May Help Prevent COPD Hospitalizations

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 – People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are less likely to be hospitalized for breathing problems if they live in an area where local laws prohibit smoking in public spaces including bars, restaurants and offices, a new study shows. "Kentuckians with COPD that live in a community with strong smoke-free laws were 22 percent less likely to be put in the hospital compared to those who were in a community with no law or a weak law," said study author Ellen Hahn, director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program at the University of Kentucky's College of Nursing in Lexington. COPD is a progressive lung disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. People who have COPD often feel short of breath, or they may cough or wheeze. Medication can help control the symptoms, but there's no cure. It's currently the third leading cause of ... Read more

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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

Posted 18 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 – A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says. Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author noted. For the study, researcher Dr. Nicholas Vozoris examined the medical records of older adults with COPD in the Canadian province of Ontario. Those who had been newly prescribed a benzodiazepine had a 45 percent increased risk of experiencing breathing problems that required outpatient treatment. These patients also had a 92 percent greater risk of needing to go to the emergency room for treatment of pneumonia or COPD, and were more likely to be hospitalized for breathing problems, according to the study published online April 17 in ... Read more

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Exercise May Curtail COPD Complications

Posted 9 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 – Exercise might help reduce the risk of hospital readmission in people with a progressive lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. "Our findings suggest that regular physical activity could buffer the stresses of hospitalization," said study author Huong Nguyen, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation. "Future studies will focus on determining whether we can reduce hospitalizations by improving physical activity in patients with COPD," Nguyen added. COPD refers to a group of diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that cause airflow blockage and breathing problems. Fifteen million Americans report they have a COPD diagnosis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this study, published April 9 in the Annals of the American ... Read more

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COPD May Damage Aging Brain

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 – Seniors with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of developing mental decline, especially thinking problems without apparent memory loss, a new study suggests. This diminished brain function – called "nonamnestic" mild cognitive impairment – was significantly more common among older adults with COPD than those without the disabling respiratory disorder, according to the study of more than 1,400 adults. "We found that COPD was associated with problems with attention, planning and problem-solving, but not with memory," said study co-author Michelle Mielke, an associate professor with the division of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "This is important, because for one thing COPD is potentially preventable," Mielke said. Also, in order to preserve long-term mental functioning, this finding highlights the need to ... Read more

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2-Mile Daily Walk Might Help Fight COPD

Posted 5 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 – Taking daily walks of at least two miles can reduce hospitalizations from severe episodes of a life-threatening breathing disorder, new research suggests. Scientists found that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients without regular walking regimens had about twice the rate of hospitalizations triggered by the condition compared to those who maintained the highest levels of physical activity. This was defined as walking between roughly two and four miles each day. "Of course, daily walking acts to improve the exercise capacity of these patients," said study author Dr. Cristobal Esteban, a staff member in the respiratory service at Hospital Galdakao-Usansolo, in Spain. "Physical activity is a 'medicine' that will improve your general condition as well as COPD." The study appeared online recently in the journal Respirology. The third-leading cause ... Read more

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FDA Approves Anoro Ellipta to Treat COPD

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 – A new inhaled drug to treat a serious lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. GlaxoSmithKline's Anoro Ellipta is meant to be used once a day for long-term maintenance of airflow in patients with COPD. The lung disease makes breathing difficult and worsens over time. "Anoro Ellipta works by helping the muscles around the airways of the lungs stay relaxed to increase airflow in patients with COPD," Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "The availability of new long-term maintenance medications provides additional treatment options for the millions of Americans who suffer with COPD," he added. Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New ... Read more

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Anoro Ellipta Approved for COPD

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 18, 2013 – Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium and vilanterol inhalation powder) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for once-daily treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, an umbrella term that includes the lung diseases bronchitis and emphysema, is a progressive condition that interferes with breathing. Symptoms may include chest tightness, chronic cough and overproduction of phlegm. It's the third-leading cause of death in the United States, the FDA said in a news release. Anoro Ellipta, a combination of two approved medications, relaxes the lung airways to help breathing. The drug's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in clinical trials involving more than 2,400 people diagnosed with COPD. The drug's label includes a warning that users have an increased risk of asthma-related death. However, the medication has not been ... Read more

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FDA Approves Anoro Ellipta to Treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

December 18, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium and vilanterol inhalation powder) for the once-daily, long-term maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a serious lung disease that makes breathing difficult and worsens over time. Symptoms can include chest tightness, chronic cough and excessive phlegm. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. “Anoro Ellipta works by helping the muscles around the airways of the lungs stay relaxed to increase airflow in patients with COPD,” said Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The availability of new ... Read more

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COPD Tied to Tiny Brain Bleeds, Study Finds

Posted 19 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 19 – People with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at increased risk for bleeding in the brain, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 165 people with COPD and 645 people with normal lung function and found that those with COPD were more likely to have what are called cerebral microbleeds. The more severe a patient's breathing problems, the more likely they were to have microbleeds, according to the study, published online July 19 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Cerebral microbleeds are an indicator of disease in the brain's small blood vessels (cerebral small vessel disease), which is an important cause of age-related mental decline and disability. It was known that people with COPD are at increased risk for large vessel disease, but these new findings "indicate that COPD might affect both large ... Read more

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Blood Tests May Predict COPD Flare-Ups

Posted 11 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 11 – People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have signs of chronic inflammation in their blood are more likely to have flare-ups of the lung disease than those who do not, a large new study shows. In addition to the slow, steady deterioration in lung function caused by COPD, patients can have sudden, distressing flare-ups. These so-called "exacerbations" are periods of worsening breathing problems that are typically triggered by infections or air pollution. Patients who experience frequent flare-ups decline more quickly than those who do not; they also tend to have worse quality of life and poorer survival rates than those whose conditions are more stable, according to background information in the study. Preventing flare-ups is a major goal of COPD treatment, but these episodes can be difficult to predict. In a study of more than 61,000 people in ... Read more

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