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Adult COPD or asthma could be effectively treated with Xopenex

COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is characterized by breathing difficulty due to partial blockage of the bronchial tubes. Asthma is a chronic lung disease caused by inflammation of the lower airways resulting in episodes of airflow obstruction, which has been found to be the fourth most common// cause of death and affects nearly 16 million...

COPD patients can benefit through intense training

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) is a lung disease characterized by difficultly in breathing and the respiratory muscle strength and endurance is often reduced in these patients. Earlier research has shown that high-intensity training is effective in increasing the strength and endurance of respiratory muscles of COPD patients, thereby treating their breathing problems. However, it was...

Inhaled Corticosteroids Found To Have No Significant Effect On COPD

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease caused by persistent obstruction of the airways // and is associated with severe emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Previous studies have shown inhaled corticosteroids can reduce the mortality rate and number of exacerbations COPD patients experience. However, results from a study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington s...

More Research Required For COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an often neglected disease of the respiratory system has been brought into the spotlight by researchers.// The vast majority of people with the disease are smokers. Exposure to environmental hazards such as air pollution and smoke from wood fires also comes into play in some cases. ..According to a recent study by the year 2020, in fact, it will be the third...

The Link Between COPD And Osteoporosis

People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, may also be at higher risk for developing osteoporosis,// report researchers who studied 81 patients with the lung disease and 38 healthy people who served as controls. ..It was observed that one-third of the COPD patients met the criteria for osteoporosis. That compared to just 13 percent of the healthy controls. About 80 perc...

Measuring Death Risk in COPD Patients

COPD is a lung disease that often results from years of heavy smoking. Researchers now say that a new, non-invasive test measuring // lung hyperinflation can be used to predict the risk of death in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) . ..For the study researchers compared inspiratory capacity -- how much air is breathed in -- to total lung capacity in 689 COPD pat...

Canadians Oblivious About COPD, A Debilitating Lung Disease

A new study conducted by the Canadian Lung Association suggests that Canadians know little about COPD, a debilitating lung disease that's the fourth leading cause of death in the country. //.. ..The study graded all the provinces on their treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In a provincial report card delivered by the association, most provinces received a 'D' grade or wors...

COPD Patients portray improved exercise performance after breathing a Special Gas

Here is a breather for those who suffer from severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A new finding has revealed that breathing a special gas mixture may help in drastic improvement// of exercise performance in such individuals. Patients revealed that after breathing the gas, their endurance walking test improved nearly 64% with less shortness of breath. These findings have been publi...

OPDs stopped, health services crippled in Punjab, Haryana

Health services in Punjab and Haryana were paralysed today as doctors of both state-run and and private hospitals// stopped the OPDs in the wake of a 'medical bandh' called by the Indian Medical Association to protest the Centre's reservation proposal. ...."All OPDs, including parallel ones run by medicos in front of state-run hospitals and private medical institutions have been stopped", Associa...

Agitating Doctors Call For Two Day Shut Down Of OPD

In their latest protest against reservation the students and junior medical doctors of the Medical College and Hospital and Calcutta National Medical College// and Hospitals have decided to not to run the outpatient departments (OPD’S) on Monday and Tuesday. ....The protesting doctors have however promised not to cause any inconvenience to the patients, and explained that they would run a ‘paral...

Interim OPD saves the day for patients

Medical college and hospital was a scene of pandemonium with protesting students on the one side and junior doctors initiating an outpatients’ department// on the other, causing apparent commotion amongst patients. The groups, under the name of ‘Youth for equality’ are behind these protests. ....Patients have expressed consolation at the opening of the parallel OPD. A patient Bimal Chandra Majumd...

Study States Smokers With Wrinkled Faces More Easily Prone To COPD

A new study suggests that middle-aged smokers with heavily wrinkled faces have a five times higher risk of lung disease than their un-wrinkled peers//. The study explains that having wrinkles was associated with a group of conditions known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ....A team of researchers from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 149 people conducted the study, and it...

COPD Patients In US Are Not Receiving 'Ideal Care'

The researchers from Massachusetts and North Carolina have found that very few of the patients who are hospitalised for treatment of conditions //that have resulted due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis receive proper and ideal care and management. ....Explaining that ideal care means getting all the tests, treatments and interventions recommen...

COPD Patients Using Beta-agonist Inhalers Are at Risk

A new analysis that compares two common inhalers for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease //(COPD) finds that one reduces respiratory-related hospitalizations and respiratory deaths, but the other -- which is prescribed in the majority of cases -- increases respiratory deaths. ....The Cornell and Stanford universities' statistical analysis of 22 trials with 15,276 partic...

COPD A Little Known Killer Disease

According to a survey conducted by a charity organization it was shocking to find that about three-quarters of the people in UK are ignorant about the existence// of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). .. The general public said that they have never heard of the disease. COPD is UK’s fifth-biggest killer disease as it affects 3 million people in the UK and causes around 30,000 deaths a...

Inhaled Corticosteroids Reduce Death in Patients with COPD

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who use inhaled corticosteroids may have a significantly decreased mortality risk// , according to a new study published in the September issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). New research shows that patients who received inhaled corticosteroids within 30 days of hospital discharge h...

Exercise DVD Available For COPD Sufferers

Exercise DVD Available For COPD Sufferers..Television personality Angela Rippon is fronting a new DVD that will help patients suffering// from the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The DVD called Move On Up will be available in GP surgeries. ....COPD includes a range of lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema. "Exercise is something that can really make a diff...

Are You In The 40s ? Check for COPD

According to experts, adults aged over 40 may have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a serious lung disease // ....COPD is a general term used for a number of respiratory conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking is considered to be the main cause. Early symptoms of COPD include coughing, bringing up sputum and getting out of breath during exercise or exertion....

Scots Demand Best Quality Treatment For COPD As Christmas Gift

Health Minister Andy Kerr will receive Christmas cards from active members of the..British Lung Foundation, warning the executive about the poor quality of treatment// offered to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients in Scotland. ....The charity suggests that clinical standards be set, to ensure patients received the best quality treatment. ....COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulm...

Cough and Phlegm Cause Fourfold Increase in COPD Incidence

Young adults (ages 20 to 44) with normal lung function who later develop chronic cough and phlegm// have a fourfold higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ....The results of this 10-year respiratory study appear in the first issue for January 2007 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society. ....Is...

Combo Therapy Reduces Exacerbations in Severe COPD

For patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), combining a long-acting bronchodilator with an inhaled corticosteroid reduced the number of exacerbations by 35 percent.// ....Peter Kardos, M.D., of the Respiratory Medicine Section of Maingau Hospital in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and three associates treated patients with moderate to severe COPD from 92 respiratory centers...

Helium Helps COPD Sufferers to Exercise

Helium - a colourless, odourless and tasteless chemical element - could help treat respiratory disorders, say researchers in Canada.// ....Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have difficulty breathing out and often air is trapped in the lungs at the end of each breath. This has been shown to be one of the primary reasons for shortness of breath experienced by these patient...

High-dose Inhaled Corticosteroid Use for COPD Could Cut Risk of Lung Cancer

Among a group of mostly older male veterans suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),// an illness that offers a greater susceptibility to lung cancer, researchers found that regular use of high dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) lowered the risk of developing lung cancer. ..The results for this study appear in the first issue for April 2007 of the American Journal of Respira...

Mediterranean Diet Could Help to Prevent COPD

A study conducted to understand dietary patterns and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among men has discovered that Mediterranean diet halves the chances of developing progressive inflammatory lung disease (COPD). ......COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for chronic progressive lung disease, such as emphysema and bronchitis. ......The researchers tracked the...

High Dose Inhaled Corticosteroid Use for COPD Could Cut Risk of Lung Cancer

Among a group of mostly older male veterans suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an illness that offers a greater// susceptibility to lung cancer, researchers found that regular use of high dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) lowered the risk of developing lung cancer. ....David H. Au, M.D., M.S., of the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, alo...

Anti-inflammatory Drug Fails to Improve COPD Symptoms

A promising anti-inflammatory drug failed to improve symptoms of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease//, or COPD, in a large, multi-center trial. ....The results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of infliximab were published in the first issue of the May American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Soc...

Drug Treatment Slows Decline in Lung Function in COPD Patients

Treatment with a commonly used drug slows the decline in lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to results from the TORCH (TOwards a Revolution in COPD Health) study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference. ......The study of 6,112 patients from 42 countries found that those treated with salmeterol/fluticasone prop...

Anti-inflammatory Drug Fails to Improve COPD Symptoms

A promising anti-inflammatory drug failed to improve symptoms of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , or COPD, in a large, multi-center trial. ......The results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of infliximab were published in the first issue of the May American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic So...

Premature Vascular and Bone Changes Occur in COPD Patients

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that patients with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have greater arterial stiffness. The researchers also found that those COPD patients with osteoporosis, a common complication of the respiratory disease, had even greater arterial stiffness. These premature signs of aging may explain why COPD patients are at greater risk for cardiovasc...

Genetic Variation in Some Smokers Increases Chances of Developing COPD

A new study has found that some smokers have genetic predisposition to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ......The research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine demonstrated that a genetic variation in some people increases their chances of developing COPD if they smoke tobacco. ......"The genetic variant we studied seemed harmless on its own. But when someone has...
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