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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) as a global epidemic; an estimated 210 million people have COPD worldwide and more than 3 million people died of the condition in 2005, which is equal to 5% of all deaths globally that year. Total deaths from COPD are projected to increase by more than 30% in the next 10 years without interventions to cut risks, particularly exposure to tobacco smoke.
New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. [More]
NTM lung infections

NTM lung infections

Nontuberculous mycobacteria are part of a group of bacteria called mycobacteria. The non-tuberculous mycobacteria are, as the name suggests, mycobacteria that are not tuberculosis. They're also not leprosy, but they are the other members of the bacteria group termed mycobacteria. [More]
Deprived patients with chronic lung disease more likely to face malnutrition risk

Deprived patients with chronic lung disease more likely to face malnutrition risk

Patients with chronic lung disease living in deprived areas are more likely to be malnourished than those from wealthier postcodes, a QUT study has found. [More]
High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that high doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in older, long-term care residents. [More]
Mild postoperative pulmonary complications linked to increased mortality risk

Mild postoperative pulmonary complications linked to increased mortality risk

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, along with seven other major institutions, have found that even mild postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) are significantly associated with increased death within the first week after surgery. [More]
New research explains how tumors may impair ability of the liver to respond to caloric deprivation

New research explains how tumors may impair ability of the liver to respond to caloric deprivation

One of the worst cruelties of lethal cancer is the phenomenon called wasting, or in medical terms, cachexia (pronounced ka-CHEX-ia), in which a patient seems literally to diminish in bodily terms as the cancer ravages one or more internal organs. [More]
New, practical tool may help doctors to easily diagnose cachexia in cancer patients

New, practical tool may help doctors to easily diagnose cachexia in cancer patients

About one third of cancer patients die because of cachexia - an involuntary weight loss, characterized primarily by muscle wasting and metabolic changes, which cannot be addressed or treated solely with increased food intake. [More]
New approach may help primary care clinicians to diagnose many patients with COPD

New approach may help primary care clinicians to diagnose many patients with COPD

With five simple questions and an inexpensive peak expiratory flow (PEF) meter, primary care clinicians may be able to diagnose many more patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Follow [More]
Long-term oxygen therapy does not benefit COPD patients with moderately low blood oxygen levels

Long-term oxygen therapy does not benefit COPD patients with moderately low blood oxygen levels

A newly published study of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) concludes that long-term supplemental oxygen treatment results in little or no change in time to death, time to first hospitalizations or significant quality of life improvements for those with moderately low blood oxygen levels. [More]
Breakthrough research paves way for developing new asthma treatments

Breakthrough research paves way for developing new asthma treatments

'The study demonstrated for the first time that a protein called PP5 was significantly upregulated in the lungs of severe asthmatic patients compared to healthy controls. We are extremely excited by this paradigm shift observation.' - Dr Yassine Amrani, University of Leicester. [More]
Pennsylvania hospitals reduce mortality rates for ten common health conditions, new report reveals

Pennsylvania hospitals reduce mortality rates for ten common health conditions, new report reveals

Pennsylvania hospitals continue to improve quality and drive down mortality and readmission rates according to a new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). [More]

Study assesses accuracy of COPD diagnoses and utilization of spirometry in primary care clinics

According to the recommendations of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), spirometry should be performed to establish the diagnosis of COPD in any patient who has a history of chronic cough, sputum production, difficulty breathing, or exposure to risk factors. [More]
New research finds remarkable similarity between infant's nose and lung cells

New research finds remarkable similarity between infant's nose and lung cells

Cells from an infant's nose are remarkably similar to those found in the lungs, a discovery that could lead to much more precise diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other infant lung diseases, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center. [More]
UIC researchers receive grant to study impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients

UIC researchers receive grant to study impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients and the use of lung-function testing in primary care. [More]
An inclusive approach to COPD research: an interview with Dr David Leather

An inclusive approach to COPD research: an interview with Dr David Leather

About eight years ago the WHO put out a call saying that we needed data that better represented real world patients. Our ambition was to create evidence earlier in the life cycle of medicine that better represented the population that would... [More]
No added benefit proven for pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, IQWiG finds

No added benefit proven for pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, IQWiG finds

Selexipag is approved for long-term treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in adults with moderate to severe symptoms. [More]
Totally Health introduces first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer health coaching service

Totally Health introduces first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer health coaching service

A “first of its kind” direct-to-consumer health coaching service, MyClinicalCoach has been launched to revolutionise the way in which millions of patients in the UK with long term health conditions can manage their own health independently and effectively. [More]
Can vitamin D reduce asthma attacks? An interview with Professor Adrian Martineau

Can vitamin D reduce asthma attacks? An interview with Professor Adrian Martineau

In the past vitamin D was just thought to be important in regulating calcium homeostasis and bone health as vitamin D deficiency is best known for causing rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. [More]
New WHO model provides detailed air pollution-related health data

New WHO model provides detailed air pollution-related health data

A new World Health Organization air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits. [More]
High indoor temperatures may worsen COPD symptoms

High indoor temperatures may worsen COPD symptoms

High indoor temperatures appear to worsen symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, particularly in homes that also have high levels of air pollutants, according to new research published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. [More]
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