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  1. Long-Term Antibiotic May Reduce COPD Problems

    Aug. 23, 2011 -- A common antibiotic, taken for a year, reduced the number of flare-ups in patients with the lung disease known as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), according to new research. ''In patients with COPD at high risk for flare-ups, the addition of daily azithromycin for one y

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  2. COPD Prevalence Stable, but Death Rate Declines in Men

    June 29, 2011 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains a significant killer, according to a CDC report released today. The report, which tracks COPD statistics from 1998 until 2009, states that although the overall prevalence rate of the disease has not changed significantly, the deat

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  3. 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, affects more than 12 million American adults. The term COPD includes two types of lung conditions: emphysema and bronchitis. Many people diagnosed with COPD have both emphysema and bronchitis. Together, the two reduce the amount of oxygen exchange in t

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  4. Inhaled Drugs for COPD Linked to Urinary Problem

    May 23, 2011 -- Men who take certain kinds of inhaled medications to treat chronic lung disease are more likely to experience a medical emergency called acute urinary retention than those who don't take the drugs, a new study shows. Acute urinary retention is feeling the pressure, pain, and urgency

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  5. Wii Fit Exercises May Help COPD Patients

    May 16, 2011 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may benefit from exercising at home with Nintendo’s Wii Fit video game, a new study finds. The video game may make working out more enjoyable and thus encourage the type of physical activities that help people with breathing pr

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  6. Vitamin D May Improve Breathing for COPD Patients

    May 16, 2011 -- A small study that tested vitamin D against a placebo in patients with chronic lung disease found that those getting the vitamin D could breathe better and exercise more than those on the dummy pills. The 50 study participants were patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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  7. Walking Speed May Indicate Severity of COPD

    May 16, 2011 -- A drop in walking speed may signal a decline in health for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows. Doctors typically use the six-minute walk test as a simple, inexpensive way to see if a heart or lung disease patient has improved on a given ther

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  8. Study: Spiriva Beats Serevent for COPD Flare-ups

    March 23, 2011 -- Once-daily Spiriva (tiotropium) may be more effective at reducing risk for exacerbations among people with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than Serevent (salmeterol), a new study shows. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicin

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  9. New Technique May Help Diagnose Asthma, COPD

    March 11, 2011 -- Researchers in Australia have identified four molecular characteristics, or biomarkers, of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which they say could lead to better ways to diagnose the respiratory conditions. The biomarkers were discovered using a relatively new

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  10. FDA Approves New Drug to Treat COPD

    March 1, 2011 -- The FDA has approved a new treatment for people with worsening symptoms of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disorder that makes breathing difficult. The drug, roflumilast -- carrying the trade name Daliresp -- will be sold in pill form, unlike some other m

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