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

the matched control group, after 3 months, patients in the study group showed a statistically significant increase of muscle strength and covered distance during a 6-minute walk test, and a decrease of breathless degree. Researchers conclude that essential amino acids supplementation may be a valid adjunct therapy for patients with advanced COPD, especially for those presenting with loss of muscle mass or respiratory muscle weakness.

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NASAL SPRAY IMPROVES RHINITIS-RELATED CHRONIC COUGH

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

Patients with rhinitis-related chronic cough may be able to control their cough using nasal sprays. Researchers at Cough Center, Inc, in California treated 266 patients (ages 7 to 85 years) with seasonal allergic (3 percent), nonallergic (65 percent), or mixed rhinitis (32 percent) with open-label combinations of azelastine nasal spray, steroid nasal sprays, ipratropium nasal spray, or cromolyn nasal spray. The median duration of cough was 7 years and the percentage of smokers was less than 1 percent. Of the patients, 72 percent with rhinitis-associated chronic cough experienced improvement with intranasal therapy. The most effective combination therapies were azelastine nasal spray with ipratropium and cromolyn sprays (73 percent) and azelastine nasal spray and intranasal steroid sprays (76 percent). Researches conclude that chronic cough, due to both allergic and nonallergic causes of postnasal drip, can be adequately controlled with the use of nasal rinses and sprays.


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