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  1. 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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  2. COPD Patients May Have Risk of Shingles

    Feb. 24, 2011 -- People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be at increased risk for developing shingles, a new study shows. Shingles occurs when the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox, is reactivated. COPD is the umbrella term for a group of progressive, debilitating

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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