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New research about chronic lung disease presented at CHEST 2008
Date:10/28/2008

n on pulmonary function testing (PFT), peak expiratory flow monitoring (PEFM), and the severity of asthma (SOA). Twenty boys and 10 girls were randomly assigned to receive regular asthma treatment combined with a 6-week swimming training (experimental group) or regular asthma treatment alone (control group). Compared with the control group, the experimental group showed significant improvements in PEFM and SOA. These results suggest that swimming may be an effective nonpharmacologic intervention for children with asthma.

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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.

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