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Spinal cord injury patients could benefit from careful assessment for sleep apnea

A new study suggests that patients with spinal cord injuries could benefit from careful assessment for sleep apnea. [More]

COPD undertreatment widespread

A study has shown that undertreatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is highly prevalent. [More]

Fat mass not linked to lung function in children with asthma

A study suggests that the relationship between body mass and lung function in children with asthma is more nuanced than previously thought. [More]
Airway alterations present even in young smokers without COPD

Airway alterations present even in young smokers without COPD

A study has found functional and inflammatory changes in the nasal and lower airways of young, healthy smokers in the absence of pulmonary function decline. [More]
Obese patients receive needless respiratory treatment

Obese patients receive needless respiratory treatment

Research from the USA shows that a substantial proportion of obese patients are prescribed bronchodilators, even after spirometry indicates a lack of lung obstruction. [More]
Call for greater beta blocker use in COPD

Call for greater beta blocker use in COPD

Researchers say that stubbornly low rates of beta-blocker prescribing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could be contributing toward increased mortality in these patients following myocardial infarction. [More]

Chronic bronchitis could indicate COPD subtype

Chronic bronchitis is common among patients with chronic obstructive disease and may represent a subtype of the disease that places patients at risk for increased severity and exacerbations, say researchers. [More]

LLN spirometry inadequate to detect airflow obstruction

Research published in Thorax indicates that use of a lower limit of normal spirometric threshold fails to identify a number of patients with airflow obstruction and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]
ICS overuse warning in COPD

ICS overuse warning in COPD

Researchers from the UK caution that inhaled corticosteroids are being overused in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in light of a lack of solid evidence for their efficacy, limited guideline support, and growing concerns over their association with pneumonia. [More]

Pediatric asthma hospitalizations alert to poor disease management

Researchers from Italy say that the majority of hospitalizations for pediatric asthma reflect inadequate disease management rather than disease severity. [More]

COPD–asthma overlap heightens exacerbation risk

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and concomitant asthma have significantly more exacerbations and hospitalizations than patients with COPD alone, research shows. [More]

Pediatric asthma hospitalizations alert to poor disease management

Researchers from Italy say that the majority of hospitalizations for pediatric asthma reflect inadequate disease management rather than disease severity. [More]
Hypothyroidism linked to COPD exacerbation risk

Hypothyroidism linked to COPD exacerbation risk

Research shows that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with hypothyroidism have an elevated exacerbation frequency but, despite this, experience similar quality of life to patients with normal thyroid function. [More]

Gas transfer excels in predicting mortality in COPD

Researchers say that measuring gas transfer is the most effective way to predict mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, after finding that it outperformed both spirometry and plethysmography for the purpose. [More]
Iron levels hint at resistance to harmful effects of smoking

Iron levels hint at resistance to harmful effects of smoking

Researchers from Japan say that serum iron levels could be a biomarker that indicates which smokers are resistant to the effects of cigarette smoke on lung function. [More]
GERD prevalence raised even in mild–moderate COPD, bronchiectasis

GERD prevalence raised even in mild–moderate COPD, bronchiectasis

Researchers from Australia have found that the rate of gastroesophageal reflux disease is twice as high in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchiectasis as in people without lung disease. [More]
Dual-pronged approach to diabetes and COPD needed

Dual-pronged approach to diabetes and COPD needed

Researchers from the USA have found that patients with diabetes and a history of smoking have significantly impaired lung function, even in the absence of overt chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]

Exposure to fumes released during firing of military small arms can lead to decline in lung function

Exposure to fumes released during the firing of military small arms can lead to a decline in lung function, according to a new study. [More]

COPDF launches pocket consultant guide iPhone app for effective diagnosis, therapy of COPD

The COPD Foundation (COPDF) announces today the launch of its COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) iPhone app, a practical tool designed to facilitate easier, more effective diagnosis and therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) during daily clinical care. [More]

Study: COPD linked with increased risk of developing cerebral microbleeds

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is associated with an increased risk of developing cerebral microbleeds, according to a new study from researchers in the Netherlands. Cerebral microbleeds are a marker of cerebral small vessel disease, an important cause of age-related disability and cognitive decline. [More]