Fitbit-Type Devices Useful for Coaching but Not Clinically Accurate in COPD

August 12, 2020


Activity trackers, like Fitbits, are not accurate enough for clinical use but may be helpful for coaching in conditions like COPD, a study says.

Study: Muscle Loss May Lead to Higher Mortality and Costs for Patients Hospitalized for COPD

August 08, 2020


A new study has found that muscle loss can lead to increased rates of mortality and morbidity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, one expert remains skeptical whether the study represents the full scope of patients at risk.

Continued Cough Reflex Hypersensitivity After COPD Exacerbation Predicts More Attacks

August 05, 2020


Researchers found that cough reflex sensitivity is amplified during chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation and reduces after recovery, while its persistence can help serve as a predictor for future exacerbations.

Light Exercise May Cut Exacerbations, Hospital Readmissions in AECOPD

August 01, 2020


A shorter course of pulmonary rehabilitation, with phone support, improved symptoms and reduced hospital readmissions for patients with post-acute exacerbation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD).

Researchers Determine Repeatability Limits, Predictive Equation for COPD Inhalers

July 31, 2020


Using data from 2 phase 2 trials, researchers were able to determine the peak inspiratory flow (PIF) repeatability limit, and show that the 2 highest of 3 PIF values met the repeatedly limit.

Coexisting COPD Increases Mortality in Patients With More Severe Asthma

July 24, 2020


The health burden of comorbid chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma is known to be greater than when either condition exists on its own. An upcoming study shows that COPD is linked with greater all-cause mortality and greater risk of mortality in patients with coexisting asthma who also had long-term use of corticosteroids.

Understanding Clinical Considerations for Patients With Both COPD, Cardiovascular Disease

July 18, 2020


A recent review discussed how to manage comorbid cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Researchers Explore Benefits of Using Composite End Points in COPD Trials

July 17, 2020


Using composite endpoints to predict clinically important deterioration in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could help investigators assess disease activity in clinical trials and better manage individual patients, according to a recent study.

Does Diet Have an Effect on COPD Prevalence and Incidence?

July 11, 2020


The focus on curbing COPD prevalence has largely focused on smoking cessation, but there are other factors, including diet, that can contribute to the risk of developing COPD.