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Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Increased Fracture Risk

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are placed on powerful inhaled corticosteroid therapy to ease symptoms. But new research suggests the treatment might raise their odds for bone fractures. Still, the Canadian study wasn't able to prove cause-and-effect, and the overall risk remained small, said one expert not connected to the study. "Looking ...

Tomatoes and Apples Could Help Ex-Smokers' Lungs Heal

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one. But new research suggests help may be close at hand – in the kitchen. The decade-long study of 650 British and European adults suggests that diets high in tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, could speed the healing of smoke-damaged lungs. The ...

Boxed Warning Removed From LABA/ICS Combination Asthma Medications: FDA

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

New evidence regarding safety is spurring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove a Boxed Warning from certain inhaled medications used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The decision applies to a class of medications known as Long-Acting Beta Agonists (LABAs) used in combination with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicines. These medicines include brand name ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Long-Acting Beta agonists (LABAs) and Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS): Drug Safety Communication - Boxed Warning About Asthma-Related Death Removed

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

ISSUE: FDA's most prominent warning, the Boxed Warning, about asthma-related death has been removed from the drug labels of medicines that contain both an ICS and LABA. A FDA review of four large clinical safety trials shows that treating asthma with long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) in combination with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) does not result in significantly more serious asthma-related ...

Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren't just destroying homes and lives, they're a serious health risk, as well. The smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and can cause coughing, wheezing or breathing problems, according to the American Thoracic Society. The smoke can be especially dangerous to those with lung diseases such as ...

Ted Koppel's Fight to Make COPD Headline News

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – The doctor who diagnosed Grace Anne Koppel with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) didn't pull any punches. She should start getting her affairs in order, because she only had three to five years left due to her incurable lung disease. Expect to be hospitalized and on full-time oxygen support within a couple of years. "If you can think of a better way of ...

Health Tip: Prevent Respiratory Infections

Posted 24 Nov 2017 by

-- Our lungs have a natural defense system that protects them from dirt and germs. But that isn't enough to prevent all cases of lung disease. The American Lung Association says here's what you can do to keep your lungs healthier: Don't smoke. If you do, quit. Avoid air pollution. On smoggy days, stay inside. Wash your hands often with soap and water. An alcohol-based sanitizer may be used in a ...

Health Tip: Understanding COPD

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by

-- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, affecting some 16 million Americans and potentially millions more who don't know they have it. According to the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, COPD can make it difficult for people to breathe and harm their quality of life. In COPD, less air flows in and out of the lung's airways ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Risk of COPD

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – People with rheumatoid arthritis appear to have a higher risk of the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report. The study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis were 47 percent more likely to be hospitalized for COPD than those in the general population. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. That means the body's immune ...

Switch From Smoking to Vaping Could Save Over 6 Million U.S. Lives

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Millions of cigarette smokers could live substantially longer if electronic cigarettes are embraced as a replacement for tobacco during the next decade, a new study contends. As many as 6.6 million cigarette smokers could live a combined 86.7 million more years under policies that encourage them to swap their smokes for e-cigarettes, according to "optimistic" projections ...

Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new report indicates. From 1980 through 2014, more than 4.6 million Americans died from a range of chronic respiratory illnesses, the researchers reported. While the risk was pegged at 41 deaths for every 100,000 people back ...

FDA Approves Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol) for the Treatment of COPD

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

London UK – 18 September 2017 – GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) and Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved once-daily, single inhaler triple therapy fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol (FF/UMEC/VI), under the brand name Trelegy Ellipta, for the long-term, once-daily, maintenance treatment of patients with chronic o ...

Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Drugs known as statins may have benefits beyond lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. A new study suggests people with chronic lung disease who take these drugs may extend their survival. The study from Canada included nearly 40,000 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One in five patients was taking a statin, and those individuals had a 21 percent ...

Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – The inhaler medication Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) may help slow the progression of COPD if given in the early stages of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the drug helped patients preserve more lung function over two years. It also cut down on symptom flare-ups and boosted patients' quality of life, on average. All of the study patients were in ...

Smoking Linked to Frailty in Seniors

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Seniors who smoke may be more likely to become frail, a new British study suggests. Researchers tracked more than 2,500 people 60 and older in England and found that current smoking boosted that risk by about 60 percent. The scientists determined that the participants were frail if they had at least three of five conditions: unintentional weight loss, self-reported ...

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