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Study finds deployment-related respiratory symptoms in veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan

Study finds deployment-related respiratory symptoms in veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan

In a new study of the causes underlying respiratory symptoms in military personnel returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, a large percentage of veterans had non-specific symptoms that did not lead to a specific clinical diagnosis. [More]
New market research report on advanced remote patient monitoring systems

New market research report on advanced remote patient monitoring systems

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring Systems [More]
Pulmonary abnormalities may be precursor to chronic respiratory disease in Iraq/Afghanistan, Gulf War veterans

Pulmonary abnormalities may be precursor to chronic respiratory disease in Iraq/Afghanistan, Gulf War veterans

Pulmonary function abnormalities may be a precursor to chronic respiratory disease in Iraq/Afghanistan and Gulf War veterans years after their deployment, according to a new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference. [More]
Study shows commonly used statin drug does not reduce acute COPD exacerbations

Study shows commonly used statin drug does not reduce acute COPD exacerbations

A statin drug commonly used to lower cholesterol is not effective in reducing the number and severity of flare ups from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the results of a large multicenter clinical trial designed and directed by Gerard J. Criner, MD, Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. [More]
Children who wheeze are at risk of developing damage that affect lung function

Children who wheeze are at risk of developing damage that affect lung function

Children who wheeze are at risk of developing damage that will affect their lung function by the age of 6 years, according to researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital and the University of Montreal. [More]
Doctors miss opportunities to diagnose COPD at an earlier stage in primary and secondary care

Doctors miss opportunities to diagnose COPD at an earlier stage in primary and secondary care

A retrospective study of almost 39,000 patients shows that opportunities to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at an earlier stage are frequently being missed in both primary and secondary care in the UK. The findings, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, reveal missed opportunities to diagnose COPD occurred in up to 85% of people. [More]
Spinal cord injury patients could benefit from careful assessment for sleep apnea

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

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

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 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]

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

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]