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Disease pathways lead to possible new treatment for severe asthma
May 14, 2019

Disease pathways lead to possible new treatment for severe asthma

Here’s a sobering thought: Nearly half of Americans with severe asthma do not respond to conventional drugs, leaving them with few ways to minimize the often-debilitating symptoms of the chronic disease. But researchers at NHLBI have developed a new treatment that has the potential to dramatically change that: A synthetic peptide that mimics the work…

Disease pathways lead to possible new treatment for severe asthma
Circassia’s Duaklir Approved by FDA for Maintenance Treatment of COPD
April 06, 2019

Circassia’s Duaklir Approved by FDA for Maintenance Treatment of COPD

Circassia announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its medication Duaklir for the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The company plans to launch the therapy in the United States in the second half of 2019. Duaklir is a combination of two long-acting bronchodilators: aclidinium bromide (400 mcg) and formoterol fumarate (12 mcg). It…

Circassia’s Duaklir Approved by FDA for Maintenance Treatment of COPD
Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children
March 26, 2019

Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children

Over 6 million American children have the lung condition. A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. The study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National…

Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children
Quitting Smoking Reduces Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis
March 11, 2019

Quitting Smoking Reduces Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sustained smoking cessation decreases the risk for seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study published in Arthritis Care & Research. Seropositive RA is the most common form of RA and is generally accompanied by more severe symptoms and deformities than seronegative RA. Previous research has demonstrated that smoking increases the risk for RA. Whether quitting smoking has…

Quitting Smoking Reduces Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Study: COPD patients need more support when understanding new chest symptoms
February 19, 2019

Study: COPD patients need more support when understanding new chest symptoms

People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) need more support when understanding and acting on new chest symptoms, a study in the journal Psycho-Oncology reports. During this unique study, led by the University of Glasgow and University of Surrey, researchers investigated how the experience of COPD, influences how individuals understand new or changing chest symptoms and their…

Study: COPD patients need more support when understanding new chest symptoms
Study: E-cigarettes outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study
February 05, 2019

Study: E-cigarettes outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study

New study says e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine gum and patches — the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes. A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British…

Study: E-cigarettes outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study
Vaccination Cuts Risk of Severe Flu in Hospitalized Patients With COPD
January 21, 2019

Vaccination Cuts Risk of Severe Flu in Hospitalized Patients With COPD

Hospitalized patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who tested positive for the flu and were unvaccinated had worse death rates and more severe illness than those who were vaccinated, according to a recent study. A large national study from Canada showed influenza vaccination is effective in reducing flu-related hospitalizations among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary…

Vaccination Cuts Risk of Severe Flu in Hospitalized Patients With COPD