Health atlas reveals patterns of illness across North-East England

A NEW on-line health “atlas” has revealed striking patterns of disease in [North East England] – including high rates of lung cancer but lower than average cases of skin cancer. The high resolution maps covering England and Wales show stark variations in the risk of cancer and other diseases in different areas. The maps, producedContinue reading “Health atlas reveals patterns of illness across North-East England”

Benzodiazepines May Worsen Respiratory Outcomes in COPD

New use of benzodiazepines may increase the risk of adverse respiratory outcomes in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research published online April 17 in the European Respiratory Journal. Nicholas T. Vozoris, MD, of the University of Toronto, and colleagues conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study involving adults aged ≥66 yearsContinue reading “Benzodiazepines May Worsen Respiratory Outcomes in COPD”

Smoke-Free Laws May Help Prevent COPD Hospitalizations

People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are less likely to be hospitalized for breathing problems if they live in an area where local laws prohibit smoking in public spaces including bars, restaurants and offices, a new study shows. “Kentuckians with COPD that live in a community with strong smoke-free laws were 22Continue reading “Smoke-Free Laws May Help Prevent COPD Hospitalizations”