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Date:10/28/2008

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#6960
THAI CHI HELPS PATIENTS CONTROL ASTHMA
(Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM EST)

Thai chi training may help patients with asthma improve their exercise performance and asthma control. Researchers in Thailand enrolled 17 patients with persistent asthma in a 6-week Thai Chi Qigong training program. After Tai Chi Qigong training, patients showed significant improvements in peak flow variability, asthma control test score, negative inspiratory pressure, 6-minute walk distance, and quality of life. Patients also increased their maximum work rate, maximum oxygen consumption, and exercise endurance time. Researchers conclude that Tai Chi Qigong training could be an effective, nonpharmacologic, adjunctive therapy for patients with persistent asthma to help them achieve better asthma control and quality of life.

#7008
SPECIALISTS DISAGREE WITH BLACK BOX WARNING ON LABAs
(Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM EST)

New research shows that more pulmonologists and allergists (specialists) disagree with the black box warning (BBW) given to long-acting β-agonists (LABAs) compared with internists and family physicians (primary care physicians). Researchers from North Shore University Hospital in New York surveyed 429 pulmonologists, 395 allergists, 141 internists, and 132 family physicians regarding their awareness of and attitude toward BBWs. Twice as many primary care physicians (45.6 percent) agreed with the BBW compared with specialists (24.2 percent). Primary care physicians also were more likely to alter their prescribing habits compared with specialists (40 percent vs. 34 percent) however, specialists were more likely to discuss the BBW with their patients than were primary care physicians (87 percent vs. 64 percent).

#7511
SEDATIVE-HYPNOTIC MEDICATION MAY IMPROVE CPAP COMPLIANCE
(Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM EST)

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Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
jstawarz@chestnet.org
847-498-8306
American College of Chest Physicians
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