Taking milk thistle on a regular basis can protect you from COPD caused by secondhand smoke
(Natural News) Milk thistle is famous for its ability to protect the liver from damage. But did you know that it can also protect the lungs from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke? Multiple studies have shown that the regular intake of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) can significantly reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Midstream urine test 'flawed'
Researchers say it must be replaced by genome sequencing Related items fromOnMedica Dipstick test children ’s urine before prescribing antibiotics UTI self-management Ibuprofen not a safe alternative to antibiotics for uncomplicated UTIs GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Could Devices Help Pharma Improve Outcomes?
Many of today’s pharmaceuticals are delivered by a specialized device. To explore all the considerations that go into bringing such complex products to market as well as the potential benefits for patients, MD+DI checked in with Chrissy Bell, Global Business Leader – Inhalation and Connected Health, 3M Drug Delivery Systems, and asked her a few questions.  How are drug delivery manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies working together these days to develop devices? Bell: Generics are having a major impact on how pharmaceutical and drug-delivery entities work tog...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Tool IDs Patients With COPD at Risk for Serious Outcomes Tool IDs Patients With COPD at Risk for Serious Outcomes
New risk scale correctly predicted which patients with COPD were likely to have serious complications.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Oxygen vs Air-Driven Nebulizers for COPD Exacerbations Oxygen vs Air-Driven Nebulizers for COPD Exacerbations
A new study examines the effects of these two strategies for the treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD. How do they compare?BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issues new guidelines for COPD
(Pulmonx) NICE makes a 'strong' recommendation that patients with severe COPD be referred for evaluation for bronchoscopic lung volume reduction, including the Zephyr ® Endobronchial Valve System.NICE has broadened the criteria for evaluation and a new group of people for whom lung volume reduction surgery was unsuitable may now be evaluated for treatment with Zephyr Valves, a less invasive treatment option. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What to Look for in COPD Next Year
These brief summaries highlight key developments in COPD and how they are likely to affect patient management in the months and years ahead. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - December 10, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: COPD Year in Review Source Type: news

FDA grants breakthrough status to joint Merck-Bayer AI program
Merck and Bayer have been granted FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for the collaborative Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Artificial Intelligence Pattern Recognition software. CTEPH can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms. CTEPH affects five people per million annually worldwide. Computed tomography pulmonary angiography and a ventilation/perfusion scan can be used to determine if thromboembolic occlusion is causing pulmonary hypertension in patients. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsour...
Source: Mass Device - December 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Bayer Merck Source Type: news

Rural Residence, Poverty Are Risk Factors for COPD
Among never - smokers, rural residence, neighborhood use of coal linked to risk for COPD (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 7, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Rural Residence, Poverty Are Risk Factors for COPD
FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 -- Rural residence and poverty are risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Sarath Raju, M.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Government plans could increase GP indemnity costs
Consultation on clinical negligence cover launched Related items fromOnMedica GPs likely to need extra cover despite state indemnity scheme Plans for state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales State-backed or practice-backed indemnity? GP leader calls for rethink on indemnity scheme bill GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD
NICE says antimicrobial resistance is a risk issue Related items fromOnMedica Making sense of the LABAs and LAMAs for COPD COPD: ageing and multimorbidity, a new risk defined Include nurse-led CBT in routine COPD clinical care pathways Four in 10 women with asthma may develop COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Olympus wins FDA nod for Spiration bronchial valve
Olympus (TYO:7733) said yesterday that it won FDA approval for its Spiration Valve System intended to treat severe emphysema, which was designated as a breakthrough medical device. The Spiration Valve is an umbrella shaped device intended to improve breathing by blocking airflow to diseased portions of the lung, the Tokyo-based company said. The device is placed during a bronchoscopic procedure to reduce lung volume in diseased lung sections and allow healthier tissue in the remaining portion of the lung to function better. Approval of the device came based on the results from the Emprove clinical trial of the SV...
Source: Mass Device - December 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory Olympus Source Type: news

COPD Tied to Obesity in Male, Female Never - Smokers
Strong dose - response relationship seen in never - smokers aged 50 and older (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 6, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Featured Review: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and long-acting inhalers
Conclusion  The LABA/LAMA combination is likely the best treatment in preventing COPD flare-ups. LAMA-containing inhalers appear to have an advantage over those without LAMA for preventing flare-ups.Combination inhalers (LABA/LAMA and LABA/ICS), appear more effective for controlling symptoms than single-agent therapies (LAMA and LABA). Inhaled steroids carry an increased risk of pneumonia.Yuji Oba, lead author of this Cochrane review said, “ There are a range of different treatments for COPD, and this review provides a comprehensive assessment of how effective they are at preventing flare ups of COPD, managing s...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

COPD Tied to Obesity in Male, Female Never-Smokers
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Obesity is strongly associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in never-smokers, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in the Journal of Obesity. Esme Fuller-Thomson, Ph.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meta-analysis on inhaled therapies for COPD: Interview with editors
Cochrane Airways have published its biggest ever Cochrane Review. The meta-analysis review assesseswhich long-acting inhalers are the most effective and safest for people with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and   supports a recently publishedNICE guideline.The logistics of getting such a large review done with time tight timescales have been an enormous challenge for the review team. We asked Rebecca Normansell, Joint Co-ordinating Editor and Emma Dennett, Managing Editor, Cochrane Airways, how this review came about and its potential impact.How did the review come about?We received a review pro...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Katie Abbotts Source Type: news

Experts call for greater use of breath test in GP practices
Five-year plan for better lung health launched Related items fromOnMedica Lung experts call for ‘national plan for lung cancer’ Battle against chronic diseases in China Asthma outcomes in England still vary hugely by region and wealth Emergency admissions at end of life set to sky rocket Action plan launched on COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD says NICE
Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Self - Management Program Beneficial for Patients With COPD
COPD - related acute care events reduced for patients undergoing three - month intervention (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 5, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Olympus Spiration(R) Valve System Is FDA Approved for the Endobronchial Treatment of Emphysema
Minimally invasive therapy offers non-invasive patient screening with short procedure time and is shown to improve lung function and quality of life CENTER VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 5, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Olympus, a global technol... Devices, FDA Olympus Medical Systems, Spiration Valve, Emphysema, COPD (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - December 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Self-Management Program Beneficial for Patients With COPD
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- A three-month intervention, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) self-management support, results in fewer COPD-related acute care events at six months after discharge, according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How to Manage COPD Exacerbations: A Few FAQs
Pulmonologist Jonathan Ilowite, MD, answers 5 of the many common questions he fields from colleagues and students about COPD exacerbations and how to manage them. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - December 5, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Jonathan Ilowite, MD Tags: COPD Year in Review Source Type: news

FDA grants special designation for Bayer AI software
Bayer announced in a release that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted a breakthrough device designation for an AI pattern recognition software that it is jointly developing with Merck. The software is designed for the treatment of chronic thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH), a rare form of pulmonary hypertension that is often difficult to diagnose because symptoms often mimic those of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Working together, Bayer and Merck have… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Mike Larson Source Type: news

Risk Scale Predicts Short-Term Serious Outcomes in COPD
TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Ottawa chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Risk Scale (OCRS), which includes 10 criteria, has good sensitivity for short-term serious outcomes, according to a study published in the Dec. 3 issue of CMAJ, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tool quickly identifies risk for deadly COPD complications
A new tool could help emergency doctors diagnose patients with a higher risk of dying from COPD, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies ’ nose bacteria may be linked to respiratory infection and asthma risk
Those with narrower range and more Moraxellaceae or Streptococcaceae species took longer to recover Related items fromOnMedica Three quarters of adult COPD cases may originate in childhood Paracetamol unlikely to increase child ’s asthma risk Texting can improve flu jab uptake Pregnancy raises risk of critical illness with swine flu Swine flu cases fall but jabs must continue (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midlife Lung Disease Linked to Later Dementia Midlife Lung Disease Linked to Later Dementia
A study of more than 14,000 middle-aged people who were followed for 23 years reveals an association between COPD or restrictive lung disease and risk for mild cognitive impairment or dementia.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Emotional moment a terminally-ill dad dances with his daughter on her wedding day
Lew Johnston, 65, was in the end stages of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which obstructs airflow to the lungs. His daughter Vanessa Wickham, 24, was getting married. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Triple Therapy for COPD Cuts Exacerbations, May Up Pneumonia Risk Triple Therapy for COPD Cuts Exacerbations, May Up Pneumonia Risk
Triple therapy reduces chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and improves lung function and quality of life more than dual therapy or monotherapy in patients with advanced COPD, according to a new review and meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 27, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

CBT by respiratory nurses can reduce anxiety in COPD patients
Cognitive behavioural therapy intervention delivered by respiratory nurses can reduce anxiety symptoms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 27, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Medical News Today: COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can also experience severe anxiety. A new trial puts to the test an effective coping strategy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Mobile Health Applications in Self-Management of COPD Mobile Health Applications in Self-Management of COPD
Find out how smartphone apps can help COPD patients improve their self-management.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Include nurse-led CBT in routine COPD clinical care pathways
CBT intervention by respiratory nurses was more clinically and cost-effective than leaflets alone Related items fromOnMedica Too many COPD patients denied rehabilitation Four in 10 women with asthma may develop COPD Making sense of the LABAs and LAMAs for COPD COPD: ageing and multimorbidity, a new risk defined (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COPD Guidelines Quiz: Mining for GOLD
Updates in 2018 yielded a wealth of valuable information. Take this brief test to find out how much you know. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - November 26, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: COPD Quiz Source Type: news

Reminder about COPD pathway
The NHS RightCare COPD pathway provides a set of resources to support local health economies to concentrate their improvement efforts where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

10 Ways To Reduce Heart Failure and COPD Readmissions
(MedPage Today) -- These strategies can limit readmissions for patients with both heart failure and COPD (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - November 25, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

How Treating The Mind Can Heal The Body
New research now demonstrates that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) administered by respiratory nurses is not only cost effective, but also reduces symptoms of anxiety in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis complicating COPD is associated with a higher exacerbation rate and a distinct pattern on chest CT scan compared to COPD
Conference abstracts (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - November 23, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Treating COPD patients for anxiety using CBT reduces hospital visits and is cost-effective
(European Lung Foundation) Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered by respiratory nurses is cost-effective and reduces anxiety symptoms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Brief CBT sessions with respiratory nurses reduced feelings of anxiety for patients with COPD, and resulted in less frequent use of A&E and hospital services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obesity linked to COPD in nonsmokers
People who are morbidly obese have a much higher probability of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) than people who smoked. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity strongly associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in never-smokers
(University of Toronto) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is much more common among never smoking older women who are morbidly obese (having a body mass index of 40 or higher) than among their female peers in the normal weight range (13.4 percent vs 3.5 percent, respectively). Morbidly obese older men who have never smoked also had a much higher prevalence of COPD than never-smoking men who were normal weight (7.6 percent vs 2.5 percent). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH statement on World COPD Day 2018
NIH-supported studies aim to reduce the burden of COPD. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Study: Self-management program for patients with COPD boosts quality of life, cuts rehospitalization
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that a program designed to enhance self-care and lead to more seamless management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults successfully reduced rates of emergency room visits and hospitalization, and the burdensome symptoms and limitations caused by the condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the early symptoms of COPD?
Early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often leads to a better outlook. People who recognize the first symptoms, which may include blood in the mucus, excessive mucus, and shortness of breath, should see a doctor. Learn more about the early symptoms of COPD here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How do you get COPD?
COPD is not contagious. It is a group of progressive diseases caused by lung damage that can get worse over time. Learn more about how COPD develops and why here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Vapotherm closes $64m IPO
Vapotherm said today it closed its initial public offering, raising a total $64.4 million in gross proceeds. The Exeter, N.H.-based company developed the Precision Flow line of devices to provide high-velocity heated, humidified and oxygenated air to treat patients with conditions such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and heart failure. Some 1,200 of the devices have been sold in the U.S., mostly into hospital ICUs, the company said. Vapotherm said it floated 4.6 million shares of its common stock at $14 per share, and that the offering featured a fully exercised underwriter’s option to pur...
Source: Mass Device - November 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Initial Public Offering (IPO) Respiratory Wall Street Beat Vapotherm Source Type: news

Patients Hospitalized for COPD Rarely Receive Pulmonary Rehab
Elderly, those living>10 miles from facility, those with lower SES less likely to receive pulmonary rehab (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 16, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, Geriatrics, Journal, Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can people with COPD get better?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition with no cure. It is not possible to completely reverse it, but there are many things a person with COPD can do to help enhance outlook and improve their quality of life. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Patients Hospitalized for COPD Rarely Receive Pulmonary Rehab
FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 -- Few patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) receive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), according to a study published online Nov. 12 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Kerry A.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news