Patients With Stable COPD Overuse SABAs – Poor underlying symptom control a probable reason

Nearly half of patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) participating in a prospective, pilot study overused their as-needed short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) bronchodilators. During 3 months of observation, close to one in five (19%) study participants with moderate to severe, but stable, COPD overused their albuterol SABA inhalers more than half of the days….

Long-Dreaded Superbug Found in Human and Animal in U.S.

The antibiotic resistance factor MCR, which protects bacteria against the final remaining drugs of last resort, has been found in the United States for the first time—in a person, and separately, in a stored sample taken from a slaughtered pig. Department of Defense researchers disclosed Thursday in a report placed online by the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy that…

Low salt diets not beneficial: Global study finds

McMaster University news release Salt reduction only important in some people with high blood pressure A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. In fact, the study suggests that…

Care for COPD: Could More Be Done?

University of Michigan – Michigan Health Lab news It’s the third-leading cause of death in the United States, but compared to other chronic diseases, COPD research funding is low and patients’ access to care is poor. Fifteen million: That’s the number of adults in the United States affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD….

Surprising mechanism of acid reflux damage identified by UT Southwestern/Dallas VA researchers

UT Southwestern Medical Center news release The “acid” in “acid reflux” may not be the direct cause of damage to the esophagus as previously suspected, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Dallas VA Medical Center. For more than 80 years, it has been assumed that stomach acid backing up through the esophagus damaged…

Exacerbations in COPD patients hasten lung function loss

ATS Conference 2016 press release In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), exacerbations accelerated lung function loss, according to a new study presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. The effect was particularly prominent in those with mild disease. The investigators embarked on their research because previous studies failed to adequately examine if exacerbations…

Persistent Childhood Asthma Linked to COPD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital press release The development of persistent childhood asthma – characterized by having trouble breathing on an almost daily basis – is not well understood. In most cases, childhood asthma resolves with time, but as many as 20 percent of children with asthma will go on to have potentially severe symptoms in…

Two-Minute Video Boosts Pneumonia Vaccinations

Northwestern University research news Many older adults don’t get pneumococcal vaccination  A simple two-minute video about pneumococcal vaccination sent to patients before a primary care visit tripled the likelihood they would get the vaccine, reports new Northwestern Medicine research. The vaccination can prevent severe disease from the bacteria that most commonly causes pneumonia and meningitis….

May – Focusing on Asthma Awareness and Control

News from the American Lung Association Did you know that in the United States, it’s estimated that approximately 24 million people—including more than 6 million children—are living with asthma? May is Asthma Awareness Month and today, May 3 is World Asthma Day. The 2016 theme for World Asthma Day is “You Can Control Your Asthma”…

Depression worsens COPD symptoms – Patients face breathlessness and lower exercise tolerance

Manchester Metropolitan University news Debilitating symptoms from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can worsen in patients who also experience depression, research suggests. A new study, published in CHEST Journal, demonstrates a link between an exacerbation of COPD in patients and depression. Patients who had pre-existing depression or developed depression after COPD diagnosis were more likely…