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COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – Fewer Americans are dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but not black women and the middle-aged, a new government report shows. Between 2000 and 2014, there was a 12 percent overall drop in deaths from the progressive lung disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Report co-author Hanyu Ni said the figures aren't ...

Bevespi Aerosphere Approved by the FDA for Patients with COPD

Posted 30 Apr 2016 by

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 ...

Asthma Treatments Fail Older Patients More Often: Study

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Asthma treatments, especially inhaled corticosteroids, are less likely to work for older patients, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 1,200 patients with mild-to-moderate asthma, and found that treatment failure occurred in about 17 percent of those aged 30 and older, compared with about 10 percent of those younger than 30. Lower lung function and having asthma ...

Few Parents Use Kids' Asthma Meds Correctly: Study

Posted 1 Nov 2013 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 – Most adults who help children take inhaled asthma medications don't know all of the steps involved for their proper use, new research finds. Using inhalers improperly often means a child receives too little medication, which can lead to continuing symptoms or worsening asthma, the study authors noted. "Of the 10 steps for accurate technique, we were surprised to learn that only ...

Certain COPD Meds Might Raise Heart Risks, Study Says

Posted 20 May 2013 by

MONDAY, May 20 – Long-acting inhaled medications used by millions of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may raise the risk of cardiovascular complications among older patients, a new large Canadian study reveals. The finding centers around patients over age 65 who are prescribed long-acting bronchodilators – either anticholinergics (such as Spiriva) or beta-agonists (such ...

Combo Inhaler May Give Better Relief for Some With Asthma

Posted 4 Mar 2013 by

MONDAY, March 4 – Asthma patients typically use two inhaled drugs – one a fast-acting "rescue inhaler" to stem attacks and another long-lasting one to prevent them. However, combining both in one inhaler may be best for some patients, two new studies suggest. Patients with moderate to severe asthma who used a combination inhaler had fewer attacks than those on two separate inhalers, researchers ...

Stopping Controversial Asthma Drugs Could Have Downside: Study

Posted 27 Aug 2012 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27 – It's okay for some patients with asthma to stick with a combination of medications instead of abandoning one because of concerns about complications, a new analysis of existing research suggests. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that asthma patients who take both long-acting beta-agonist and inhaled corticosteroid medications should be cautious about using them ...

Seniors Undertreated for Asthma, and Many Skip Inhalers: Study

Posted 1 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 1 – Asthma often is misdiagnosed and undertreated in older people, with only 53 percent of those with asthma using prescribed inhalers, a small new study suggests. The study included 77 people, including people both with and without asthma, who were over age 60. Of those with asthma, 89 percent also had allergies to mold, animals or dust mites. The asthma patients were more likely ...

Some Schools Don't Let Kids Carry Asthma Inhalers

Posted 27 Apr 2012 by

FRIDAY, April 27 – Although all 50 states have laws that allow children with asthma to carry inhalers at school and 48 states have laws that let youngsters carry epinephrine pens for serious allergies, experts say that some kids are still being denied access to these lifesaving medications during the school day. "Every school district handles this a little bit different, and for those who don't ...

Rapid Asthma Treatment in ER May Prevent Admission

Posted 6 Apr 2012 by

FRIDAY, April 6 – Rapid treatment with asthma medications seems to help reduce hospitalizations among children with asthma, a new study finds. Canadian researchers analyzed data from 406 children and found that those with moderate or severe asthma attacks who received systemic corticosteroids within 75 minutes of arriving at a hospital emergency department were 16 percent less likely to be ...

Asthma Meds Likely Safe During Pregnancy: Study

Posted 20 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 20 – A new study found no statistically significant link between asthma medication use during pregnancy and common birth defects. However, the study did find a positive association between some rare birth defects and mothers with asthma, and potentially with their medication use. But, the researchers couldn't tease out whether the problem was a loss of oxygen from less than ...

Study Offers Clues to Why Some Don't Benefit From Asthma Drugs

Posted 6 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 6 – Almost half of patients with mild or moderate asthma may have a different type of disease than those with more severe symptoms, perhaps explaining why common treatments don't work well for them, new research suggests. "We are beginning to understand that different 'flavors' of asthma probably have different molecular mechanisms," said Dr. John Fahy, director of the Airway ...

More Children Using Preventive Asthma Drugs: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by

MONDAY, Dec. 5 – About one in three children with asthma is currently using a preventive medication, according to new research. That number is up from about 18 percent of kids during the late 1980s. Preventive asthma medications help control the airway disease before symptoms flare up, and guidelines from the U.S. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recommend their use. "The main ...

Some Asthma Drugs Raise Risk of Complications, Especially in Kids: Study

Posted 25 Oct 2011 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 25 – When used alone, the asthma medications known as long-acting beta-agonists are associated with an increased risk of serious complications, new research indicates. What's more, the increased risk of complications, including hospitalization, intubation and death (called the asthma composite outcome), associated with the use of these medications was even higher in children than ...

Use of Asthma Controller Meds on the Rise Among U.S. Kids

Posted 13 Oct 2011 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 13 – The percentage of children with asthma in the United States who use a prescription "controller" medicine has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, a new federal government report finds. The analysis of data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey showed that the use of controller drugs by these children increased from 29 percent in 1997-1998 to 58 percent in 2007-2008, ...

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