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Comprehensive care program does not cut COPD hospitalizations

A trial program of patient education/planning aimed at treating exacerbations of COPD early and reducing hospitalization rates proved ineffective.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

COPD and pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation at the VA: StudyUse of tobacco-cessation therapy was low. The study found several negative factors — and two positive predictors.
Umeclidinium triple therapy for patients with COPD: Two studiesBoth studies demonstrated statistical improvements in trough FEV1 at day 85.
Benzodiazepine use in older COPD patients may not be idealBenzodiazepine use in COPD patients linked to increased exacerbation, according to study out of Canada.
Health apps beneficial to help prevent COPD exacerbationA new report indicates the successes of early interventions through digital health applications to help manage COPD.
Smoke-free rules can help shield kids from COPDResearchers encourage smoke-free rules in homes, private cars, and outdoor children's play areas to help prevent and reduce long-term burden of COPD
Physical activity decreases over time in COPD patientsA new study finds that patients with COPD experience a decrease in physical activity over time, leading to further physical decline.
Large-scale COPD patient network in the worksA large chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient network is in the works.
Study: Checklist ticks off days from COPD hospital stays
Study: Checklist ticks off days from COPD hospital staysA new study shows the positive effects of patient care checklists on those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Risk of exacerbations of COPD not increased in patients discontinuing inhaled glucocorticoids
Risk of exacerbations of COPD not increased in patients discontinuing inhaled glucocorticoidsThe risk of moderate or severe exacerbations in patients with severe but stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who receive tiotropium plus salmeterol has been found to be similar among subjects discontinuing inhaled glucocorticoids and subjects continuing their use. Nevertheless, in making decisions about maintenance therapy for these patients the effect of withdrawal of glucocorticoids on their symptoms and pulmonary function should be carefully considered.
Maintaining normal waist circumference can help prevent COPD
Maintaining normal waist circumference can help prevent COPDIndividuals with a large waist circumference may face a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published July 7 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).