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COPD Black Grant
April 20, 2021

Study of Lung Health Among Blacks Earns CHEST Foundation Grant

Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have been awarded a $30,000 CHEST Foundation Research Grant to study racial differences in lung health among smokers, with an emphasis on African Americans. Lung function is an important health indicator and can be compromised by various factors, the most important of which…

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Asthma Covid Study
April 07, 2021

Asthma Health Visits Decrease During COVID-19

Even as COVID-19 was correlated with worse outcomes for people with asthma, the number of people receiving care for asthmatic episodes decreased during the pandemic, according to three studies published in Thorax. Two focused on the United Kingdom, the first a study in England comparing general practitioner (GP) visits and hospital admissions, and the other…

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HIV and Smoking Cessation
March 24, 2021

Higher Smoking Prevalence Among People with HIV in Almost All World Regions

People living with HIV are approximately two-thirds more likely to be current tobacco smokers than HIV-negative individuals, according to the findings of a global meta-analysis published in AIDS. Elevated smoking prevalence was observed in both men and women with HIV and in all world regions except the Western Pacific. “This systematic review and meta-analysis is…

HIV and Smoking Cessation
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
March 03, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Rollout Begins in U.S. as COVID-19 Cases Tick Up

Johnson & Johnson has begun shipping nearly 4 million doses of its newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine across the U.S., officials said Monday, and is expected to further scale up supply in the coming weeks and months. “We think literally within about the next 24 to 48 hours, Americans should start receiving shots in arms,” Alex…

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Covid COPD
February 17, 2021

Are Patients with COPD More Vulnerable to COVID-19?

The Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Science Committee recently released a report on COVID-19 and COPD. The committee does a great job of providing timely, consensus-based recommendations for all things COPD. The new report is a long, comprehensive document. Our goal here will be to highlight a…

Covid COPD
COPD Philips COPD
December 09, 2020

Philips Launches Novel Non-invasive Ventilator to Monitor COPD Patients Remotely

Royal Philips has launched a non-invasive ventilator, BiPAP A40 EFL, to remotely monitor patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and help them to breathe easier. The device is already available in some European countries, and its expansion to the rest of Europe is expected in the next year. BiPAP A40 EFL is not yet…

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