Yearly Archives: 2013


Cycle test reliable for dyspnea evaluation in obese COPD patients

Eur Respir J 2013; Advance online publication Dyspnea in obese individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD can be evaluated reliably by cycle ergometry as well as a treadmill test, researchers have found. Although physiologic responses differed significantly according to the type of exercise that was chosen, dyspnea intensity, ventilation, […]


Occupational exposure to vapors, gases, dusts and fumes and mortality in relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among Swedish construction workers – a longitudinal cohort study

Original Research | November 21, 2013 Kjell Torén, MD, PhD, FCCP; Bengt Järvholm, MD, PhD InformationChest. 2013. doi:10.1378/chest.13-1429 Abstract Objectives:  The aim of the present study was to elucidate whether occupational exposure to vapors, gases, dusts and fumes increases the mortality risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, especially among never-smokers. […]


A novel bronchodilator strategy for COPD

New treatment options are emerging to tackle chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, while it remains important to be confident in one’s own diagnosis in the current era of powerful bronchodilators. Our understanding of the common smoking-related lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, has improved dramatically over the last 15 […]


Grant will fund development of spirometry toolkit

Spirometry, or a lung function test, is the best way to diagnose and determine the severity of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, yet the test is underused by many primary care practitioners. A spirometry toolkit being developed by Dr. Nick Hanania, associate professor of medicine in the section […]


Monitoring pulmonary rehabilitation and long-term oxygen therapy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

released: 20 Nov 2013 author: AIHW, Marks G, Reddel H, Guevara-Rattray E, Poulos L, Ampon R Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a major cause of death and disability in Australia. While pulmonary rehabilitation and long term oxygen therapy are recommended treatments for COPD, there is currently no national information […]


Recognition from Physiotherapy New Zealand

We are pleased to report an article about Don’t Forget To Breathe in the November issue of Physio Matters. Comments from the members of the Cardiothoracic  Special Interest Group who reviewed the book included: I think that this resource is excellent. It’s very thorough but at the same time flows […]

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Community pharmacist program improves COPD care

Br J Clin Pharmacol 2013; Advance online publication Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who receive a community pharmacist-based intervention have improved inhalation technique and medication adherence, show the results of a randomized trial. Findings from the PHARMAceutical Care for COPD (PHARMACOP) study, published in the British Journal of […]