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

greed 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).

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INCREASED BMI MAY BLUNT ASTHMA MEDICATIONS

(Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM EST)

People who are overweight or obese may not experience the intended effects of asthma medications. In a retrospective analysis, researchers from GlaxoSmithKline analyzed the effect of increasing body mass index (BMI) on achieving asthma control with fluticasone propionate/salmeterol via Diskus compared with montelukast. Overall, a BMI >25 appeared to blunt a person's response to asthma therapy in general.

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SMOKING LINKED TO PULMONARY FIBROSIS IN MEN

(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Swedish researchers have identified a strong association between smoking and the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in men. The research team investigated a national sample of 172 patients with severe pulmonary fibrosis, of which 133 were judged as having IPF, as well as 745 randomly sampled control subjects from the general population. All participants answered a postal questionnaire about their smoking habits. Results showed that men who smoked were 3.5 times more likely to develop severe pulmonary fibrosis compared with control subjects.

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PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DEMOGRAPHICS CHANGE

(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Despite increased awareness of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the disease is being diagnosed later and in women who are reaching middle age, according to research from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. The researchers looked at data from the current REVEAL registry compared with the original National Institutes of
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Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
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American College of Chest Physicians
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