Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: COPD COPD en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:21:33 EST Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:21:33 EST Elevated Triglycerides Raise COPD Mortality Risk In a study of patients with comorbid COPD and metabolic syndrome, elevated triglyceride levels were associated with increased mortality rates. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 12:03:01 EST First-Ever Guideline for Preventing Acute COPD Exacerbations New guidelines prioritize treatment options and preventive therapies for reducing the risk of COPD exacerbations in at-risk patients. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:39:41 EDT Cigarette Purchases Commonly Accompany Asthma Prescription Refills Even though smoking can exacerbate respiratory conditions and limit the efficacy of their treatment, patients often purchase cigarettes while filling prescriptions for asthma or antihypertensive drugs at pharmacies. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:02:10 EDT Cigarette Smoking Linked to 14 Million Major Illnesses The disease burden of smoking remains immense despite widespread tobacco cessation efforts. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:28:24 EDT Telehealth Stress Management Intervention May Reduce COPD Symptoms Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on relaxation techniques can improve their quality of life and even ease their symptoms. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:57:42 EDT Combining COPD Therapies Aids Older Adults with Comorbid Asthma Combining 2 classes of COPD medications leads to better outcomes for older adults with comorbid asthma. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:42:01 EDT Care Transitions in COPD Patients: The Pharmacist is Calling Program featuring care transition pharmacists shown to reduce hospital readmissions, improve patient satisfaction. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:27:34 EDT COPD and the Concept of Control A recent article suggests that comparing 2 or more observations of a patient’s COPD symptoms over time can help clinicians learn why patients lose control of the disease. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:13:26 EDT COPD and Cardiovascular/Cerebrovascular Disease: It’s Not Just a Smoking Problem Study finds higher risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease in COPD patients, suggests spread of inflammation may be a factor. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:10:57 EDT Eliminating Secondhand Smoke: Proof That It Helps Hospitalization rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were found to be lower in communities that have smoke-free policies. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:11:12 EDT Hospitalized for COPD? Even Minimal Activity Appears to Decrease Readmission COPD patients who engaged in any amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity after hospitalization had significantly reduced rates of readmission, according to the results of a new study. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:00:48 EDT COPD Linked with Increased Risk of Cognitive Impairment COPD patients have a significantly increased risk of developing nonamnestic mild cognitive impairment, according to the results of a study carried out by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:19:59 EDT COPD: Walking to Better Health Although many COPD patients avoid exercise due to their breath-robbing condition, a new study finds that those who reported the most exercise and did not reduce their exercise level over time had the fewest hospitalizations for exacerbations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:36:45 EDT COPD and N-acetylcysteine: Questions Remain COPD patients treated with N-acetylcysteine had significantly fewer exacerbations than patients treated with placebo, but more data is needed before the compound can be made an integral component of treatment guidelines. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:45:01 EST Breathlessness, Benzodiazepines, and Opioids: Options for COPD Patients A study evaluating the safety of benzodiazepines and opioids in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients finds that low-dose opioids may be safe for treating breathlessness in patients with severe cases. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:09:26 EST Encouragement From Pharmacists Improves COPD and Asthma Medication Use Medication use improved in COPD and asthma patients whose community pharmacists intervened to address a range of potential problems. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:51:39 EST COPD: Pulmonary Rehab an Important Sequel to Hospitalization A study of COPD patients found that, on average, their exercise capacity declined over time and that just 5% enrolled in pulmonary rehabilitation, an intervention that has been shown to improve outcomes. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:41:44 EST Association Between COPD Exacerbations and Vitamin D Levels Milo A. Puhan, MD, PhD; David M. Mannino, MD, FCCP; and CHEST podcast editor D. Kyle Hogarth, MD, FCCP, discuss Dr. Puhan’s study of COPD exacerbations and vitamin D levels. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:26:45 EST A Discussion of COPD Surveillance Data Earl S. Ford, MD, MPH and David M. Mannino, MD, FCCP, discuss their study of surveillance results for COPD in the United States from 1999 to 2011. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:15:56 EST COPD Exacerbations and Increased Cardiovascular Risk Nitin Seam, MD, Anant Patel, MBBS, and Mark Dransfield, MD, discuss a new study of the link between acute exacerbations of COPD and cardiovascular risk. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:41:26 EST