Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease News and Research

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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.
Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke increases risk of COPD death in adulthood

Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke increases risk of COPD death in adulthood

E-cigarettes not so safe but still better than cigarettes

E-cigarettes not so safe but still better than cigarettes

Study shows COPD risk in women with asthma can be reduced

Study shows COPD risk in women with asthma can be reduced

Study: Over 40% of women with asthma may develop COPD

Study: Over 40% of women with asthma may develop COPD

Breathing ‘a chore’: California wildfires threaten the health of young and old

Breathing ‘a chore’: California wildfires threaten the health of young and old

Lung cancer screening guidelines may be insufficient for people in minority communities

Lung cancer screening guidelines may be insufficient for people in minority communities

Long-term heat therapy may increase mitochondrial function in muscles

Long-term heat therapy may increase mitochondrial function in muscles

Cannabis appears to have no effect on breathlessness during exercise in advanced COPD patients

Cannabis appears to have no effect on breathlessness during exercise in advanced COPD patients

Bundled-payment system did not lower costs for serious medical conditions, shows study

Bundled-payment system did not lower costs for serious medical conditions, shows study

New web-based game motivates people to exercise more

New web-based game motivates people to exercise more

Breakthrough finding may pave way for new COPD treatments

Breakthrough finding may pave way for new COPD treatments

Oxygen therapy could help prevent dementia in people with breathing difficulties

Oxygen therapy could help prevent dementia in people with breathing difficulties

Drug used in stem cell therapy may protect against smoke-induced lung injury

Drug used in stem cell therapy may protect against smoke-induced lung injury

Pulmonx announces FDA approval of Zephyr Endobronchial Valve to treat severe emphysema

Pulmonx announces FDA approval of Zephyr Endobronchial Valve to treat severe emphysema

FDA grants approval for new device to treat breathing difficulty caused by severe emphysema

FDA grants approval for new device to treat breathing difficulty caused by severe emphysema

Antidepressant use in people with COPD linked to increased risk of death and hospitalization

Antidepressant use in people with COPD linked to increased risk of death and hospitalization

NSAIDs use may increase cardiovascular risk associated with osteoarthritis

NSAIDs use may increase cardiovascular risk associated with osteoarthritis

Study: Shifting to bilevel PAP can save 56% of patients from therapy termination

Study: Shifting to bilevel PAP can save 56% of patients from therapy termination

Investigational technology could increase donor organ supply for lung transplants

Investigational technology could increase donor organ supply for lung transplants

New LIVE scoring tool effectively predicts future risk of hospitalization for COPD patients

New LIVE scoring tool effectively predicts future risk of hospitalization for COPD patients