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April 10, 2017

Lung Institute Plans Initiative to Decrease Number of COPD Patients with Depression

To shine a light on the link between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and depression, the Lung Institute is starting an initiative to help combat depression in COPD patients. It kicked off on World Health Day, April 7. The initiative will seek to decrease the prevalence of depression in people with COPD by helping them improve their quality of life. Depression…

March 28, 2017

Few Smokers Receive Treatment To Help Them Quit While In The Hospital

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Even after heart surgery, research has shown that quitting smoking reduces the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death. Yet only about one-third of smokers hospitalized for heart attacks and other serious heart problems received proven smoking-cessation therapy while they were in the hospital, according to research…

March 14, 2017

Babies With Gut Yeast May Be At Risk Of Asthma

Asthma affects hundreds of millions of people across the world. New research links the gut’s microbes with the risk of developing asthma, and identifies a specific fungus in babies that might increase the risk of childhood asthma.   For the first time, a study links a yeast found in babies’ guts with the risk of…

February 27, 2017

New Evidence That Vitamin D Prevents Respiratory Infections

A large-scale meta-analysis using more than 10,000 participants concludes that vitamin D supplementation may help to prevent a major cause of global death – acute respiratory tract infections. Acute respiratory tract infections are responsible for 10 percent of ambulance and emergency room visits in the United States. Including anything from the common cold to pneumonia…

February 13, 2017

Weather and Your Lungs

“What’s the weather going to be today?” It’s a frequent question that has larger implications for those with lung disease. Whether it’s summer or winter, rainy or windy, people with lung disease should pay attention to the weather report as sudden changes in the weather as well as extreme weather conditions can provoke lung symptoms….

January 31, 2017

Teva Wins U.S. Approval for GSK Advair Copy

Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has won U.S. approval to market a copy of GlaxoSmithKline’s best-selling Advair inhaler, although the real battle is still to come. Teva’s version of GSK’s blockbuster medicine, called AirDuo RespiClick, is not directly substitutable for Advair and is only approved for asthma, while Advair is also widely used for chronic obstructive…

January 16, 2017

Antipsychotics May Boost Respiratory Failure Risk in COPD

Antipsychotics have been tied to acute respiratory failure in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Taiwanese researchers reported. In a population-based, case-crossover study, more COPD patients had filled a prescription for antipsychotics 2 weeks before having acute respiratory failure compared with a control period several months prior (11.7% versus 8.8%), Meng-Ting Wang, PhD, of…

December 30, 2016

Another Reason Not to Smoke While Pregnant

With New Year’s resolutions kicking into high gear in the month of January, why not help your patients truly stop smoking in this New Year. Especially with your pregnant patients, it is even more important to support a high quality smoking cessation program in our daily practices. Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more…