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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
September 05, 2018

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Slow Men’s COPD, Study Finds

Testosterone replacement therapy can help slow the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in men, a new study shows. Men with COPD tend to experience shortness of breath, leading physicians to prescribe them long-term steroid-based medications. While these medications help treat pulmonary symptoms, they are also associated with testosterone dysfunction. Accordingly, previous studies have shown that…

July 24, 2018

Unraveling the Relationship Between COPD and Stroke

Emerging evidence suggests that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could be a risk factor for stroke.1,2 COPD is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, and up to 80% of patients with the disease have at least one comorbidity.2 Many of the commonalities between COPD and stroke portend poor outcomes for patients with both diseases: age, indoor…

June 14, 2018

A Chronic, Rare Lung Disease Causes More Than Just Irreversible Scarring of the Lungs

The American Lung Association offers resources and support for this serious, life-threatening lung disease Pulmonary fibrosis is a rare lung disease that causes irreversible scarring of the lungs, which can cause shortness of breath and a persistent cough, and progressively gets worse over time. And because there is no cure, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis…

April 24, 2018

Did Barbara Bush Suffer from COPD? A Doctor Explains.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018, two days after spokespeople said that she had decided not to seek additional medical treatment. CNN had reported that Barbara Bush had COPD. Beginning of interview: I am a respiratory disease physician and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and I direct…

March 27, 2018

Regular Aspirin Use May Slow COPD Progression

Regular aspirin use was associated with a more than 50% reduction in emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) progression in an elderly cohort over a decade in a longitudinal analysis of data from a large lung study. The association was seen across aspirin doses and was greatest in older study participants with significant airflow obstruction. “These…

January 30, 2018

COPD Care at Home Rather Than Hospital Boosts Patient Outcomes, Canadian Study Finds

Moving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients from hospitals to their homes could improve the sustainability of Canada’s health system while improving individual outcomes, says the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI). Data from health systems participating in the INSPIRED study conclude that offering Canadian COPD patients the right support services in their homes improved…

January 02, 2018

Diet rich in apples, tomatoes may help repair lungs of ex-smokers, study suggests

The natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, suggesting certain components in these foods might help restore lung damage caused by smoking. The researchers found…