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Health Tip: When Air Is Unhealthy

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Poor outdoor air quality may spur breathing problems among people with asthma or other respiratory issues. The American Lung Association advises: Be aware of the air quality and pollution levels each day in your area. Exercise indoors when air quality is poor, and restrict outdoor playtime for children. Cut down on driving by carpooling, biking or walking to work. Avoid burning wood or trash, and use battery-powered or electric lawn machinery instead of gas-powered devices. Keep indoor air quality healthier by prohibiting smoking at home. Read more

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Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An incurable, progressive disease, COPD is associated with smoking and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, the researchers added. "Smokers who have 'normal' lung-function tests often have significant respiratory disease. Many of those smokers likely have the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," study author Dr. Elizabeth Regan, an assistant professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, said in a hospital news release. "We hope these findings will help debunk the ... Read more

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COPD Patients Less Active, Which Can Worsen Outcomes

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) become less physically active, leading to further declines in their health, a new study shows. Decreased physical activity results in worsening lung function and overall health. Sustained inactivity is also associated with progression of muscle loss and inability to exercise, the researchers said. Their study of more than 130 people with COPD found that their physical activity decreased each year. The declines occurred regardless of the severity of their disease. Reduced physical activity was associated with an increase in breathing problems and decreases in overall health, quality of life and sense of well-being. Long-term physical inactivity was associated with larger declines in muscle mass and in 6-minute walk distance results. The study was published online recently in the American Journal of ... Read more

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Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Death rates among people older than 65 appear to be affected by air pollution, even when the air they breathe meets current standards, researchers say. In the study, Harvard researchers looked at Medicare recipients in the New England region. The investigators found that death rates among seniors were linked to levels of a type of air pollution called "fine-particulate matter" – even in places where air pollution levels were below those recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). No evidence exists for a "safe" level of pollution, said senior report author Joel Schwartz, a professor of environmental epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Instead, "we need to focus on ways that lower exposure everywhere all the time," he cautioned. The report was published online June 3 in the journal Environmental Health ... Read more

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FDA Approves Stiolto Respimat (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray for COPD

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., May 26, 2015 – Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved once-daily Stiolto Respimat (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray. It has been approved as a long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Stiolto Respimat is not indicated to treat asthma or acute deterioration of COPD. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a serious but treatable lung disease. More than 15 million Americans have been told that they have COPD, but as many as 45 percent of the total estimated COPD cases in the U.S. remain undiagnosed. Patients are typically diagnosed when lung function is already significantly impaired. COPD symptoms can negatively impact a patient’s ability to br ... Read more

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COPD Raises Cardiac Death Risk for Those With Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases the risk of all-cause and heart-related death in people with the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. However, COPD doesn't increase the risk of stroke, the researchers said. COPD is a term used to describe the diseases emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Other studies have shown that COPD is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but what hadn't been studied was whether COPD was an independent risk factor for stroke, specifically among patients with atrial fibrillation," study author Dr. Michael Durheim, a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Duke University in Durham, N.C., said in an American Thoracic Society news ... Read more

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Rural Poor Bear Higher Burden of COPD, Study Finds

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Being poor and living in a rural area are two risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds. COPD is a progressive and incurable lung condition that involves a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is often linked to smoking, and is the third leading cause of death in the world. In the new study, researchers led by author Dr. Sarath Raju of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore reviewed data from almost 88,000 American adults older than 40. They found that 7.2 percent of them had COPD. However, the rate of COPD was closer to 12 percent among those who lived in poor and rural areas, Raju's team found. Why would people in rural areas be at higher risk? The reasons aren't clear, the team said. They said there's a need for research "to understand the potential contribution of occupational exposures, fuel ... Read more

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COPD Tied to Raised Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is already the third leading cause of death in the world, and a new European study finds the respiratory illness might also raise a person's odds for sudden cardiac death. COPD is a progressive and incurable illness that involves a combination of emphysema and bronchitis, and is often tied to smoking. The researchers said that the disease has already been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death in certain high-risk patient populations. Now, the new study "shows that COPD is a risk indicator for sudden cardiac death in the general population, and that the risk increases with COPD severity," wrote a team led by Dr. Lies Lahousse, a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. One expert in the United States said that even though the study can't prove that COPD ... Read more

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Home Oxygen Raises Burn Risk for COPD Patients

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – Use of home oxygen puts patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at risk for burns, a new study indicates. Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for people with the lung disease. But there is a burn risk for patients who smoke, because having a heat or flame source near oxygen gas can trigger a fire. Researchers looked at 685 Medicare patients with COPD who suffered burns between 2001 and 2010 and 2,055 who did not. Those who suffered burns were more likely to have been prescribed home oxygen therapy within 90 days prior to their burns. "The benefits of oxygen in COPD patients outweigh the modest risks of burn injury," said senior study author Dr. Alexander Duarte, a professor in the division of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "However, health care professionals should educate ... Read more

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COPD Takes Big Toll on Employment, Mobility in U.S.

Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 – The respiratory illness known as COPD takes a toll on mobility and employment, with a new report finding that nearly one-quarter of Americans with the condition are unable to work. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder – a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema often tied to smoking – face a disabling illness with no cure, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Looking at U.S. health data for 2013, a team led by CDC investigator Anne Wheaton found that just over 24 percent of adults with COPD say they cannot work, compared to about 5 percent of adults in the general population. About half of those with COPD said they also had some form of "activity limitation" linked to their condition, and more than 38 percent said they found it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Because smoking is a major ... Read more

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Healthy Diet May Be Linked to Lower Risk of Lung Disease

Posted 4 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 – A healthy diet low in red meat and rich in whole grains might reduce the risk of developing the crippling chronic lung disease known as COPD, new research suggests. Researchers tracked more than 120,000 men and women and found healthy eaters were one-third less likely to develop COPD compared to big consumers of red meat, refined grains, sugary drinks and alcohol. "The predominant risk factor for COPD in the developed world is cigarette smoking," said study lead author Raphaelle Varraso, a researcher with the unit of aging and chronic diseases at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Villejuif, France. "But up to one-third of COPD patients have never smoked, suggesting that other factors are involved," Varraso said. "This novel finding supports the importance of diet in COPD [development]." The study was published online Feb. 3 in the BMJ. The ... Read more

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Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – Close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke, federal health officials reported Wednesday. The findings highlight the difficulty facing many smokers trying to quit – even when smoking exacerbates an already distressing illness, one expert said. However, "with assistance, quitting may still be challenging but it is possible," said Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. The new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics come a day after the release of another agency report, which found that 15 percent of Americans between 40 and 79 years of age suffer from some form of lung obstruction – typically asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, a progressive illness often linked to ... Read more

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About 1 in 7 Older Adults Has Some Form of Lung Disease: CDC

Posted 7 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – Nearly 15 percent, or about one out of seven, middle-aged and older U.S. adults suffer from lung disorders such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), health officials said Tuesday. While 10 percent of those people experience mild breathing problems, more than one-third of them report moderate or severe respiratory symptoms, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. "There are a huge number of Americans that experience lung obstruction," said Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior medical advisor to the American Lung Association, who was not involved in the research. "It's a major problem; it's the third leading cause of death in the United States." People with asthma or COPD – which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis – have reduced airflow and shortness of breath. For the report, CDC researchers analyzed national ... Read more

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Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds. Six percent of people with asthma or COPD, and about 5 percent of people with high blood pressure or those picking up oral contraceptive bought cigarettes, the researchers found. "While smoking itself can cause many health problems, it can worsen certain conditions and have other effects on medications," said lead researcher Joshua Gagne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. For example, smoking can worsen respiratory conditions and can increase blood pressure, the researchers wrote. Smoking can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in oral contraceptives users, Gagne said. In ... Read more

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FDA Approves Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium) for the Maintenance Treatment of COPD

Posted 25 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

Ridgefield, Conn., September 25, 2014 – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium bromide) inhalation spray for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema and to reduce exacerbations in COPD patients. Boehringer Ingelheim anticipates Spiriva Respimat to be available in January 2015. Spiriva Respimat provides a pre-measured amount of medicine in a slow-moving mist that helps patients inhale the medicine. Spiriva Respimat was developed to actively deliver medication in a way that does not depend of how fast air is breathed in from the inhaler. Spiriva Respimat has the same active ingredient as Spiriva HandiHaler (tiotropium bromide inhalation powder), which is ... Read more

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