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    1. Early COPD Treatment Slows Disease

      Aug. 27, 2009 - Early treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) slows loss of lung function and likely extends survival, a large-scale clinical trial shows. COPD is almost always caused by smoking. It includes two diseases: chronic bronchitis, in which the airways become inflamed; an

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    2. COPD May Contribute to Mental Decline

      July 8, 2009 -- A new study shows that severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with greater cognitive impairment in older adults. Previous research has already linked COPD with impaired cognitive function, or impaired mental skills, but researchers say this is the first stu

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    3. FDA OKs Asthma Drug for COPD

      March 2, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the use of Symbicort pMDI (pressurized metered-dose inhaler), which is used to treat asthma, to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to AstraZeneca, which makes Symbicort, the FDA approved Symbicort for COPD based on two clinical trials

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    4. Depression May Worsen COPD

      Oct. 24, 2008 -- Patients with a leading lung disease -- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- might benefit from depression screening and depression treatment, if needed. Chinese and Canadian researchers report that news in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. T

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    5. Spiriva Eases Lung Disease Symptoms

      Oct. 6, 2008 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) breathe better when they add Spiriva to their other respiratory medications, a four-year study shows. UCLA researcher Donald P. Tashkin, MD, and colleagues hoped for more. Their international study of nearly 6,000 COPD patients

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    6. COPD Medicines: Risky or Safe?

      Sept. 23, 2008 -- Two commonly used treatments for the lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) boost the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes, according to a new analysis. But the drugs' marketers sharply disagree. The medicines under scrutiny

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    7. Inhalers Slow COPD Lung Function Loss

      Aug. 15, 2008 -- For the first time, a major study shows that currently available inhaled medications can slow the deadly loss of lung function in COPD -- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As we age, our lungs work less and less well. But this process greatly accelerates in people with COPD, fo

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    8. Advair vs. Spiriva: Fewer COPD Deaths

      Dec. 28, 2007 -- Severe COPD patients treated with Advair or Spiriva had the same rate of COPD attacks, but Advair patients were only half as likely to die. The finding comes from a head-to-head study pitting Advair against Spiriva in the treatment of patients with very serious chronic obstructive p

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    9. More Women Than Men Die From COPD

      Dec. 14, 2007 -- The lung disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has long been considered more a man's disease than a woman's disease. Nothing is farther from the truth, according to a new review. "COPD is a huge problem in women," says MeiLan Han, MD, MS, an assistant profess

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    10. COPD Rates May Rise as Population Ages

      Aug. 30, 2007 - The worldwide burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is far greater than has previously been recognized, and it will increase over the next few decades as the world population ages. As many as 10% of adults aged 40 and older across the globe are believed to have moder

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