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Comprehensive care program does not cut COPD hospitalizations

A trial program of patient education/planning aimed at treating exacerbations of COPD early and reducing hospitalization rates proved ineffective.

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Incidence, severity of COPD exacerbations increasingFrench study shows that ICU admissions for and mortality from severe COPD exacerbations are increasing despite improved management methods.
Three-item questionnaire could help predict COPD exacerbationIn a small single-center study, a breathlessness, cough and sputum score of 5.0 or greater was a good predictor of exacerbation risk.
Study finds hike in pneumonia for COPD patients receiving corticosteroidsComorbid CVD is an independent risk factor for CAP in patients with COPD. And inhaled steroids may increase CAP risk.
New COPD guidelines tout bronchodilators and antibioticsUse inhaled corticosteroids sparingly and only in these circumstances in patients with COPD. Details here.
Two tools could help identify undiagnosed significant COPDThe CAPTURE questionnaire along with a peak flow test could assist primary care physicians with severe COPD diagnosis.
No link between long-term oxygen, improved mortality for stable COPDPatients with stable COPD already using supplemental oxygen should discuss continued use with their physician.
Benzodiazepine use in older COPD patients may not be idealBenzodiazepine use in COPD patients linked to increased exacerbation, according to study out of Canada.
Health apps beneficial to help prevent COPD exacerbationA new report indicates the successes of early interventions through digital health applications to help manage COPD.
Smoke-free rules can help shield kids from COPDResearchers encourage smoke-free rules in homes, private cars, and outdoor children's play areas to help prevent and reduce long-term burden of COPD
Physical activity decreases over time in COPD patientsA new study finds that patients with COPD experience a decrease in physical activity over time, leading to further physical decline.