Managing elderly patients with COPD through empowerment

Demographic, familial, and social factors have important roles in the process of empowering elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published in PLoS One. For elderly patients with COPD, empowerment techniques are central to reducing the severity or frequency of exacerbations, preventing hospitalization, and improving health-related quality of life. ZahraContinue reading “Managing elderly patients with COPD through empowerment”

Interruption of Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy in COPD Can Reduce Risk of Pneumonia Lung Disease News

Researchers from McGill University in Canada showed that interruption of inhaled corticosteroid therapy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease may lead to significant reduction in the risk of serious pneumonia. The study entitled “Discontinuation of inhaled corticosteroids in COPD and the risk reduction of pneumonia” was published this June in Chest. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)Continue reading “Interruption of Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy in COPD Can Reduce Risk of Pneumonia Lung Disease News”

NICE ‘should modify’ COPD diagnosis guideline

NICE should redraw COPD diagnosis guidelines because they are likely causing overdiagnosis in men and underdiagnosis in women, respiratory experts have said. Dr Mark Levy, a GPSI in respiratory medicine based in Harrow, and Professor Martin Miller, from the University of Birmingham, warn up to 13% of people thought to have COPD may have beenContinue reading “NICE ‘should modify’ COPD diagnosis guideline”

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 well and is easy toContinue reading “Recognition from Physiotherapy New Zealand”

COPD treatments: an interview with Professor Price, University of Aberdeen

How many people does Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD affect and what impact does it have on their lives? It’s a difficult number to estimate but it’s probably between four and six percent of the world’s population. So, it’s a lot of people and certainly we know that in 2000, we had about 43 millionContinue reading “COPD treatments: an interview with Professor Price, University of Aberdeen”