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Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis, the organization said. It's also harmful to people with heart disease, pregnant women, seniors and children. People in those high-risk groups should ask their doctor about specific precautions, the society advised. For the general population, suggested actions to gain protections from the wildfire smoke include: Limiting physical activity. Staying indoors with the windows and doors closed. Reduce other sources of ... Read more

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Ted Koppel's Fight to Make COPD Headline News

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

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 demoralizing a patient than to tell them those things, I can't imagine," said her husband, the award-winning newsman Ted Koppel. That was 16 years ago. Despite her downer doc, Grace Anne remains very much alive, active and happy. "I'm still functioning, still working full-time, and pretty stable, at about 50 percent of lung function," she said. The Koppels want all COPD patients to know that while there is no cure, they still can experience a long and full life. The lung disease can be effectively ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Respiratory Infections

Posted 24 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 pinch. Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and see your dentist at least every six months. Get the annual flu shot, and ask you doctor about whether the pneumoniavaccine is right for you. If you get sick, stay home from work or school until you're feeling better. Read more

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Health Tip: Understanding COPD

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 due to one or more of these factors: The airways lose their elastic quality. The walls between some of the air sacs are destroyed. The walls of the airways become thick and inflamed. The airways make more mucus than usual and become clogged. Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Risk of COPD

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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 system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue instead of foreign invaders such as bacteria. This causes inflammation, which causes symptoms such as red, swollen and painful joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation. COPD includes diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, a feeling of tightness in the chest and wheezing, the COPD Foundation says. Smoking and secondhand smoke are among the most significant risk factors for COPD. ... Read more

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

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

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 from cancer researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Even a worst-case scenario involving e-cigarettes would still save lives, the researchers said. Under a "pessimistic" projection, 1.6 million former cigarette smokers would have a combined 20.8 million more years of additional life, the research team found. These numbers show that adopting e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking could prove the easiest way to cause tobacco use to dwindle in the United States, said lead ... Read more

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Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 in 1980, it rose to nearly 53 out of every 100,000 by 2014, representing a nearly 31 percent spike over 35 years. And the dismal news continued in the new report. Eighty-five percent of the deaths – 3.9 million people – were from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which moved up in that period of time to become the third leading cause of death, ahead of stroke, in the United States. Other chronic respiratory illnesses that saw dramatic increases included: particle-inhalation ... Read more

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

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, who are on a fixed-dose combination of fluticasone furoate and vilanterol for airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in whom additional treatment of airflow obstruction is desired or for patients who are already receiving umeclidinium and a fixed-dose combination of fluticasone furoate and vilanterol. Trelegy Ellipta is not indicated for relief of acute bronchospasm or the treatment of asthma. Trelegy E ... Read more

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Statins May Help People With COPD Live Longer

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 lower risk of dying from any cause, and a 45 percent reduced risk of dying from lung-related issues, the researchers found. This study comes on the heels of a separate large-scale investigation that found no link between statin use and the number of COPD exacerbations people experienced. "While evidence from a recently completed [randomized controlled trial] suggested that statin use is of little benefit to COPD patients, this population-based analysis showed that statin use reduced all-cause ... Read more

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

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD – a group of serious lung conditions that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Experts said the study, funded by Spiriva maker Boehringer Ingelheim, could help change the way early COPD is managed. Until now, nothing has been shown to slow the progression of early COPD – other than smoking cessation, said Dr. Louis DePalo, a lung disease specialist who wasn't involved in the study. "Quitting smoking is the one thing ... Read more

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Smoking Linked to Frailty in Seniors

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, and low physical activity. Frail people are at higher risk of problems such as falls, broken bones and hospitalization. Researchers have also linked frailty to poor quality of life and dementia. Interestingly, the researchers found that former smokers didn't face a higher risk of frailty, and it didn't matter if they'd quit within the past 10 years or earlier. In fact, their risks of frailty were about the same as those who had never smoked. The research team ... Read more

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FDA: Serious Problems at Florida Stem Cell Clinic

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

A Florida stem cell clinic has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what the agency describes as serious problems that could pose health risks to patients. The agency said Monday that it has cited US Stem Cell Clinic, of Sunrise, for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for "significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements," including some that could affect the "sterility of their products, putting patients at risk." "Stem cell clinics that mislead vulnerable patients into believing they are being given safe, effective treatments that are in full compliance with the law are dangerously exploiting consumers and putting their health at risk," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a news release. The FDA said it recently inspected US Stem Cell Clinic and found that it was processing fat tissue into stem cells derived ... Read more

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Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Two major chronic lung diseases – asthma and COPD – kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds. The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) – a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often tied to smoking. Asthma caused another 400,000 deaths, the report found. While asthma is more common, COPD is much more deadly. And while both conditions can be treated, many people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In addition, in many countries, treatment – if it exists at all – may be at insufficient levels, the research team added. "Although much of the burden [from these illnesses] is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions, these diseases have received less attention than other prominent non-communicable diseases like ... Read more

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Climate Change May Trigger 60,000 More Premature Deaths by 2030

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – If nothing is done to address climate change, tens of thousands more early deaths may occur worldwide from exposure to air pollution in the coming decades, a new study contends. Increases in air pollution caused by rising temperatures will trigger an additional 60,000 premature deaths each year around the globe by 2030, and as many as 260,000 more premature deaths annually by 2100, according to the results of several different climate models. More people will die from diseases like heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which are exacerbated by exposure to smog-laden air, said study co-author Jason West. He's an associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering with the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. The projected deaths occur "under a scenario where no big policies ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Air Quality is Poor

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Poor air quality is a serious issue for people with breathing problems, such as asthma. When air quality is poor, the National Weather Service suggests: If you're exercising outdoors, make your routine less strenuous than usual Take more frequent breaks. And shorten the length of your workout. Move planned outdoor activities to another day or indoors. If that's not possible, schedule activities in the morning, when air quality generally is better. Read more

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