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New NICE asthma guidance ‘clashes’ with established practice
Objective testing, including spirometry and fractional exhaled nitric oxide tests, should be used alongside clinical assessment to help diagnose asthma in primary care, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Theravance Biopharma and Mylan Report Additional Positive Phase 3 Data for Revefenacin (TD-4208) in Multiple Presentations at 2017 CHEST Annual Meeting
Presentations Highlight 24-Hour Serial Spirometry Subgroup Findings from Two Replicate Pivotal Phase 3 Studies; Improvements Observed in St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire and COPD Assessment Test Results DUBLIN and HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTS... Biopharmaceuticals Theravance Biopharma, Mylan, Revefenacin, COPD (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - November 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Increased arterial stiffness linked to restrictive spirometry pattern and reduced forced vital capacity
(Elsevier) Increased arterial stiffness is a known predictor of cardiovascular diseases in different populations, including healthy subjects and patients with hypertension, diabetes, or renal disease. A new study examining arterial stiffness in a large population determined that both restrictive spirometry pattern and reduced forced vital capacity (FVC) were associated with a higher risk of arterial stiffness not only in men but also in women. The investigators found that arterial stiffness increased fourfold when FVC decreased. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Interpersonal Skills in Healthcare Leaders / Single Spirometry to Diagnose COPD? / Washington Maternal-Fetal Medicine Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today:NEJM Catalyst: Insights Report: Interpersonal skills … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Reference Equations for Spirometric Indices Reference Equations for Spirometric Indices
Spirometric measurements from a sample of adult Nigerians provides updated reference data for interpreting pulmonary function test results.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Spirometry: What to expect with the lung function test
What are spirometry tests and why are they performed? Learn about the procedure, how the results are read, and what other testing methods may be available. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary System Source Type: news

Best Practices in Asthma: Beta-Agonists to Spirometry Best Practices in Asthma: Beta-Agonists to Spirometry
Drs Vega and Adams tackle challenging issues on asthma, including optimal spirometry use, eosinophil measurement, and beta-agonist overuse.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 21, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From new and renewed partnerships to FDA approvals, here are 7 medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Life Spine receives FDA clearance for cervical spacer system Life Spine announced in an April 19 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Plateau-C Ti Cervical Spacer System. The system uses Life Spine’s titanium surface technology, Osseo-Loc, that helps with potential bone growth. Plateau-C Ti also has additional graft windows to help with visibility in-situ and bone graft containment. It entered full-market release on Apri...
Source: Mass Device - April 21, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) News Well Pre-Market Approval (PMA) Regulatory/Compliance Clearflow Condor Getinge Life Spine Lifetrack Medical Mayo Clinic Monitored Therapeutics Owlstone Medical Physio- Source Type: news

PMD ’s at-home spirometry could improve medication adherence in cystic fibrosis patients
PMD Healthcare touted data today from a pediatric cystic fibrosis study which the company said demonstrates the feasibility of at-home spirometry using its Spiro PD device. Cystic fibrosis patients take a variety of medications daily, PMD pointed out, and adherence to complicated regimens can be a challenge. The Allentown, Penn.-based company’s study examined forced expiratory volume, body mass index and treatment burden scores of the intervention group compared to the control group. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post PMD’s at-home spirometry could improve med...
Source: Mass Device - April 21, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Patient Monitoring Wall Street Beat pmd healthcare Source Type: news

No signs of asthma found in third of adults diagnosed with it
For those diagnosed with asthma within the past five years, a JAMA study has found a current diagnosis could not be established in about one third of supposed asthma sufferers. We talked to the study's lead author, Shawn Aaron from the University of Ottawa, to find out what doctors and patients should do to ensure they're not getting misdiagnosed. ResearchGate: Could you briefly introduce your study and findings? Shawn Aaron: Our study set out to determine how often we could confirm or alternatively rule out active asthma in adults who had recently been diagnosed by physicians. We recruited 701 adults who had been diagno...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

No Benefit to Incentive Spirometry After Bariatric Surgery No Benefit to Incentive Spirometry After Bariatric Surgery
Incentive spirometry has no effect on postoperative hypoxemia or oxygen saturation level following bariatric surgery and therefore should not be routinely recommended, researchers in Massachusetts say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

A third of adults treated for asthma 'may not have the disease'
Conclusion The study results show being diagnosed with asthma at one point in your life doesn't necessarily mean you need to take asthma medication forever. This study has some limitations. It was carried out in Canada, where the health service is different and doctors may use different practices to diagnose asthma. That means we don't know if the results are applicable to the UK. Also, many people invited to take part did not do so, which means the participants may not be representative of the general population of people with asthma. Not all doctors provided records of diagnosis, so we don't know how many people actua...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

This Lung Disorder Tends To Be Misdiagnosed In Many Adults
(Reuters Health) ― As many as one in three adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the chronic lung disorder, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers did lung function tests on 613 adults who had been diagnosed with asthma within the past five years. If participants took asthma medicines, researchers gradually weaned them off the drugs over four clinic visits to see how well their lungs worked without treatment. The evaluations ruled out asthma in 203 of the participants, or 33 percent. After one year of follow-up, 181 of these people still did too well on lung tests to be diagnosed with asthma, researchers rep...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Lung Disorder Tends To Be Misdiagnosed In Many Adults
(Reuters Health) ― As many as one in three adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the chronic lung disorder, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers did lung function tests on 613 adults who had been diagnosed with asthma within the past five years. If participants took asthma medicines, researchers gradually weaned them off the drugs over four clinic visits to see how well their lungs worked without treatment. The evaluations ruled out asthma in 203 of the participants, or 33 percent. After one year of follow-up, 181 of these people still did too well on lung tests to be diagnosed with asthma, researchers rep...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 18, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Propeller inks deal with Italian spirometer maker
Propeller Health said today that it inked a collaborative deal with Medical International Research to integrate MIR’s mobile and clinical spirometers into the Propeller system. Spirometry, measuring lung function by how much air is inhaled and exhaled, can help provide a physiological measurement for disease progression in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Regular assessment can enable patients and their healthcare providers to monitor the patient’s progress and evaluate how they respond to a particular treatment. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Busine...
Source: Mass Device - December 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations mHealth (Mobile Health) Respiratory Propeller Health Source Type: news

Improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry: FAQs
This set of FAQs should be read in conjunction with the competency assessment framework “Improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry: the National Register of certified professionals and operators” published in September. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 23, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New register for nurses who carry out spirometry
Primary care nurses will be able to prove their ability to perform spirometry, under a new certification and registration scheme set to be brought in over the next five years. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 5, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry in adults
The Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP) and partner agencies have published Improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry in adults: the National Register of certified professionals and operators. This document, aimed at commissioners and providers of diagnostic spirometry, sets out a framework for assessing and certifying the competence of healthcare professionals and operators who perform and/or interpret diagnostic spirometry. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assess Those Small Airways With FEV3 Assess Those Small Airways With FEV3
The COPDGene study produces valuable data on use of a novel spirometric method to identify a subset of current or former smokers with small airway disease.Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - September 13, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Critical Care Commentary Source Type: news

Improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry in adults
Today sees the publication of a competency assessment framework for diagnostic spirometry. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 11, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for July 1, 2016
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Nestle poaches Fresenius CEO Schneider Nestle lured the CEO of Fresenius, Ulf Mark Schneider, to the corner office this week. Fresenius promoted CFO Stephan Sturm to replace Schneider. Read more   4. Biotronik wins...
Source: Mass Device - July 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Spirometrix lands $17m Series C for breath-based diagnostic device
Spirometrix said yesterday that it raised $17.4 million in the 1st tranche of its Series C round for the breath-based diagnostic device it’s developing for asthma patients. Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (SHA:600196) led the round, joined by prior investors NGK Spark Plug, South Valley Angels, Iconical, Ohio Innovation Foundation and Carmen Innovation, Spirometrix said. The Fenom Pro device is designed to measure the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in exhaled breath, a biomarker for asthma. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company, founded in 2011, said the device is based on sensor techno...
Source: Mass Device - July 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Diagnostics Funding Roundup Respiratory Wall Street Beat Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Spirometrix Source Type: news

Mannkind taps medtech reps after Sanofi deal fails
Mannkind chief commercial officer Michael Castagna is trying to resuscitate the inhaled insulin maker after its co-marketing agreement with Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) was cancelled at the beginning of the year due to disappointing sales. He’s fielding a team of about 70 people to sell the company’s Afrezza insulin inhaler, with about ⅓ coming from the medical device industry. “We are looking to build a high energy nimble company that reflects the speed of the medical device industry, articulation of the science from biotech and a relentless focus on helping patients suffering from diabetes,” Castagna told ...
Source: Mass Device - June 28, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Varun Saxena Tags: Business/Financial News Diabetes Drug-Device Combinations Mannkind Corp. Sanofi-Aventis newtag Source Type: news

Lung disease in smokers who don’t have COPD
This study affirms that these people can experience serious health consequences, even without COPD. This finding also brings into question how we should classify chronic respiratory disease. So far, we haven’t determined a way of classifying those who have symptoms but don’t quite meet the usual criteria for COPD, and we also don’t have much data or guidance on how best to treat them. In the meantime, quitting smoking remains the best way to lower your chances of getting COPD — and the best way to lessen any respiratory symptoms you’re having. Most smokers who stop will feel better, with less ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wynne Armand, MD Tags: Health Lung disease Smoking cessation COPD Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Pain Management CME, Lung Symptoms with Normal Spirometry, Ohio Family Medicine Opportunities. (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Knowledge+ Blog: In … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 19, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Researchers develop algorithm to turn any phone into a clinically-accurate spirometer
A research team from the University of Washington has adapted a smartphone-based spirometry test to work with any kind of phone, including feature phones and landline phones, and to deliver clinically accurate results.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 4, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Using Impulse Oscillometry in Clinical PracticeUsing Impulse Oscillometry in Clinical Practice
When spirometry isn't enough, impulse oscillometry can be a powerful tool for diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disease. Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Commentary Source Type: news

What is Spirometry and Why is it Done?
What kind of lung test is spirometry, what does it measure, what are normal values and what conditions can it be used to diagnose? (Source: About.com Lung Cancer)
Source: About.com Lung Cancer - March 4, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: lungcancer.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Half of all childhood asthma cases are 'overdiagnosed'
ConclusionThis study suggests that around half of children aged 6 to 17 in the Netherlands diagnosed with asthma, or using an inhaler year-round to treat it, don’t actually have asthma.  The media headlines say the same is happening in the UK, but the study provides no direct evidence to support this. We should not be complacent, though. The situation in the UK could be the same, or even worse, so needs proper investigation. The Netherlands may have specific issues leading to more or less overdiagnosis compared to the UK. For example, the study authors say, lung function tests on children are not often performed...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Newer Spirometry Reference Standards Can Improve Asthma TreatmentNewer Spirometry Reference Standards Can Improve Asthma Treatment
Switching from the older Zapletal reference values to the newer Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) values can result in improved asthma treatment, researchers report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - December 24, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

BTG wins FDA 510(k) for radiopaque beads, touts PneumRx coil study
BTG said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its LC Bead Lumi radiopaque embolic beads designed for embolization of hypervascular tumors and arteriovenous malformations and touted results from the Renew study of its PneumRx endobronchial coil implant. The Lumi was designed with radiopacity tech that allows for  real-time tracking of bead location during embolization procedures, London-based BTG said. “Embolization procedures using precisely calibrated microspheres such as LC Bead have delivered real benefits for patients, but to date we’ve only been able to measure the accuracy of the...
Source: Mass Device - December 14, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Oncology 510(k) Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Clinical Trials BTG Source Type: news

Yoga Program Matches Conventional COPD Rehab (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Spirometry, function, QOL outcomes all similar (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - October 29, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

FPs Find FeNO Useful in Asthma Exacerbations (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Most helpful versus symptoms alone, less so versus spirometry (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - October 26, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Test can be helpful in diagnosing asthma
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve had a cough and some wheezing that won’t go away. My doctor suspects asthma and ordered an exhaled nitric oxide test. Can you tell me more about this test? ANSWER: Asthma is usually diagnosed based on symptoms, a physical exam and certain tests — such as peak flow measurement and spirometry tests [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 11, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Relying on Spirometry Alone Misses Lung Disease in Smokers (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Spirometry alone isn't sufficient to rule out lung disease in current and former smokers, according to an observational study in JAMA Internal Medicine … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - June 23, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

UTMB study shows cost-effective expert recommended asthma test underutilized by physicians
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found, for the first time, that spirometry was underutilized for asthma diagnosis and management in US adults from 2001 to 2011, despite it's accuracy, cost effectiveness and the publication of national guidelines advocating its use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Is asthma being overdiagnosed?
A potentially alarming figure that emerged in the UK news last week was that “1 million” UK adults may have been wrongly diagnosed with asthma – a claim reported in various forms by BBC News, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mirror and the Mail Online.  The headlines followed the publication of new draft guideline (PDF, 670kb) from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the diagnosis and management of asthma. Most of the media articles were true to the facts and explained that the guideline was aiming to improve asthma care by improving the ac...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE recommends raft of tests to improve asthma diagnosis
A series of clinical tests, starting with spirometry, should be used to help support a diagnosis of asthma, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - January 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Spirometrix raises $8.6M to develop nitric oxide asthma sensor
Pleasanton, California-based Spirometrix, a company working on a breath analysis sensor for early detection and treatment of asthma and COPD, has raised $8.6 million in second round funding. The round was led by NGK Spark Plugs, a Japanese company  that manufactures spark plugs and oxygen sensors, which contributed $5 million. Existing investor Simul Investments also […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 11, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized asthma Breathometer COPD DreamIt Health MySpiroo NGK Spark Plugs nitric oxide sensor respiratory sensor Simul Investments Spirometrix Source Type: news

Inhaler sensor startup CoheroHealth begins pilot at Mt. Sinai Medical Center
CoheroHealth, a New York City-based startup working on medication adherence tracking for asthma inhalers, is launching a small pilot with Mount Sinai Medical Center. The company will test its platform, which includes an inhaler sensor, a mobile app, and a connected spirometer, on 50 pediatric asthma patients. “There are 50 million patients with respiratory disease […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 8, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized asthma chronic respiratory conditions CoheroHealth COPD inhaler sensor mobile spirometer mobile spirometry Mt. Sinai Medical Center smart inhaler Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: PE Clinical Pearl, Spirometry in Pediatric Asthma, New Hampshire Hospitalist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 22, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Apple adds spirometry data tracking to Health app
In the latest update to the iOS 8 beta, Apple added a number of health-related features, according to various reports. Most notably, the company added a data tracking capability for spirometry, which is data about how obstructed the lungs are collected by people with conditions like asthma or COPD. Apple announced its Health app and HealthKit […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 5, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized Apple Apple health app Apple HealthKit asthma Breathometer COPD lung function MySpiroo Respi spirometer spirometry Source Type: news

ERT’s AM3® is First Integrated Home Spirometer/eDiary Authorized...
Measuring home spirometry combined with administration of ACQ and/or EXACT-PRO increases data reliability while reducing trial costs.(PRWeb June 25, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11937821.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 25, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ERT Introduces Updated Diagnostic Platform for Centralized Spirometry,...
MasteScope® 2.0 Simplifies Complex Clinical Trials, Enabling Investigative Sites to Focus on Patients and Data Quality(PRWeb June 16, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11937318.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 16, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Lung cancer screening reduces mortality in COPD patients
Lung cancer screening with CT and spirometry delivers a high rate of diagnosis (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 17, 2014 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Could Botox be used to treat severe asthma?
Conclusion This small study involved 11 people who had severe asthma symptoms despite optimised treatment and who had abnormal vocal cord movement which was not improved by speech therapy. The results suggest that Botox injections into one of the vocal cords improved asthma control and the airway size at the level of the vocal cords was increased. However, there were no changes in measures of lung function. As the researchers point out, this study was not controlled or blinded and a placebo effect cannot be excluded. It is also not known how long any effect would last, as participants were only assessed for one ...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Obese patients receive needless respiratory treatment
Research from the USA shows that a substantial proportion of obese patients are prescribed bronchodilators, even after spirometry indicates a lack of lung obstruction. (Source: MedWire News - Respiratory)
Source: MedWire News - Respiratory - December 3, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

LLN spirometry inadequate to detect airflow obstruction
Research published in Thorax indicates that use of a lower limit of normal spirometric threshold fails to identify a number of patients with airflow obstruction and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (Source: MedWire News - Respiratory)
Source: MedWire News - Respiratory - November 15, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

GOLD Classifications and Mortality in COPDGOLD Classifications and Mortality in COPD
Which method best predicts mortality in COPD -- Spirometric GOLD grades or ABCD groups? Thorax (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

'Neglected' FEV3/FVC Ratio May Point to Mild Lung Injury
(MedPage Today) -- Forced expiratory volume in 3 seconds relative to forced vital capacity (FEV3/FVC) was abnormal in some patients with otherwise normal spirometry, a study found, suggesting it could serve as a simple measure of early lung disease. (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - October 8, 2013 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news