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Date:12/28/2007

erbation. Neither treatment was more successful in reducing the number of exacerbations patients experienced, although the researchers noted that oral steroids were used more often to control exacerbations among people taking tiotropium. People on SFC were more likely to require antibiotics.

However, patients in the SFC arm of the trial were 50 percent less likely to die from any cause during the two years of the study. They were also less likely to drop out of the trial.

The researchers called for further research to understand the mechanisms behind the therapies.

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To learn more about COPD, visit the American Lung Association.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Dec. 28, 2007


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