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    1. Breathing With COPD

      When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, shortness of breath may be a daily and unwelcome fact of life. Perhaps your doctor is urging you to enter a pulmonary rehabilitation program to help you manage your disease better. Or maybe you’ve heard about various breathing techniques,

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    2. Frequent Flare-Ups a Worse COPD Type?

      Sept. 15, 2010 - Frequent COPD flare-ups -- even in people with relatively mild disease -- may signal a worse form of the disease. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's a very serious, life-threatening condition that makes it difficult for a person to breathe. The disease tends

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    3. COPD Patients May Be Overtreated With Steroids

      June 16, 2010 -- More than 90% of acutely ill people who are hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receive high doses of IV steroids, even though lower-dose oral steroids may be just as effective, a study shows. The findings appear in the June 16 issue of The Journal of the A

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    4. Beta-Blockers May Help COPD Patients

      May 24, 2010 -- Beta-blocker medications, which are not commonly prescribed for patients with chronic lung disease, may actually be of benefit to them, according to a new study. The medications, prescribed for high blood pressure and cardiac disorders, may help lengthen survival and reduce respirato

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    5. Vitamin E May Lower Women's Lung Disease Risk

      May 17, 2010 -- Long-term, regular use of vitamin E supplements appears to reduce the risk of chronic obstructive lung disease or COPD in women, according to a new study. But men may not get the same benefit, according to another study. Both studies were presented this week at the American Thoracic

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    6. Many Unaware They Have COPD

      April 6, 2010 -- As many as two in three people with known risk factors for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) don't know that they have the disease. A new study finds that about one in five heavy smokers over age 40 have findings of COPD, but only one-third have been previously diagnosed

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    7. Test May Reveal Early Signs of Emphysema

      April 5, 2010 -- A new test may help identify smokers most at risk of developing emphysema. Researchers found that measuring blood flow patterns in the lungs using a new type of multidetector row CT (MDCT) scan revealed subtle changes that may lead to emphysema in smokers with otherwise normal lungs

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    8. Mild COPD May Hurt the Heart

      Jan. 20, 2010 -- Even a mild case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a major impact on the heart, according to a new study. "This study shows that COPD, even in its mildest form, is associated with diminished heart function," Susan B. Shurin, MD, acting director of the National

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    9. Gene Therapy May Stall Inherited Emphysema

      Dec. 21, 2009 -- A new type of gene therapy may help stop the progression of emphysema in young people who have an inherited form of the deadly disease. Researchers say previous attempts to correct the gene mutation that predisposes young people to emphysema have failed to achieve lasting results. B

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    10. COPD: Awareness Climbs, but Understanding Lags

      Nov. 4, 2009 -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which makes breathing tough for one in every five people over age 45, is becoming a better-known condition, but nearly half of the people in a survey doubt it can be treated. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National In

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