Yearly Archives: 2014


The importance of an early diagnosis in COPD patients

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways characterised by persistent airflow obstruction. In contrast to asthma where the airway inflammation leads to variable airflow obstruction, the airflow obstruction in patients with COPD is usually irreversible and progressive. Prevalence COPD is expected to become the […]


Childhood Trauma Linked to COPD Development Later in Life

There is a correlation between adverse childhood experiences ACE and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD development, with a more pronounced association in women, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC researchers found. In study results published in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, researchers examined the data of 26,546 […]


Better Outcomes For COPD Patients Related to LABAs and ICSs

A new study, entitled “Combination Long-Acting β-Agonists and Inhaled Corticosteroids Compared With Long-Acting β-Agonists Alone in Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” was published in JAMA by Andrea S. Gershon and colleagues from the Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, […]


Asthma death rate plummets

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare AIHW has found that the death rate from asthma in Australia has fallen by almost 70 per cent since the 1980s. The report on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, Mortality from Asthma and COPD in Australia, says […]


COPD Caregiving Challenges

Caregivers for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face tough but loving work, helping their family members manage the condition while still allowing them some independence. “A caregiver can provide the best possible outcomes by educating herself about the disease and keeping tabs on what’s going on,” says Bill […]


Statins in COPD: Useful or Not?

Statins were developed 3 decades ago to control blood cholesterol and its components, and thus reduce the risks for myocardial and other vascular events. That goal has been achieved successfully. With the widespread use of statins, it soon became clear that these drugs might have other actions, with anti-inflammatory action […]


How to Cope with COPD and Depression

Sue Binnall, 61, a former administrative assistant and a grandmother of eight with a big laugh, always had been independent and upbeat. Then came a diagnosis in 1995 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2000, after treatment for breast cancer, her COPD worsened, forcing her to use round-the-clock supplemental oxygen. […]