Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: COPD http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/condition-rss COPD en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:42:40 UTC Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:42:40 UTC Beetroot Juice Extends COPD Patients’ Exercise Capacity http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/Beetroot-Juice-Extends-COPD-Patients-Exercise-Capacity Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who consume beetroot juice have less trouble exercising. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:01:00 UTC In COPD, Across-the-Board Adherence Is Most Effective http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/In-COPD-Across-the-Board-Adherence-Is-Most-Effective Tiotropium, a once-daily inhaled long-acting anticholinergic bronchodilator, provides airflow improvement for at least 24 hours in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Its use has been linked to fewer exacerbations, less dyspnea, and improved quality of life. Sun, 04 Jan 2015 02:02:01 UTC Metered Dose Inhalers Prevent COPD Patient Errors http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Metered-Dose-Inhalers-Prevent-COPD-Patient-Errors Patients with bronchial asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease fare best with metered dose inhalers that have spacer devices. Fri, 02 Jan 2015 02:00:37 UTC Elevated Triglycerides Raise COPD Mortality Risk http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 05:03:01 UTC First-Ever Guideline for Preventing Acute COPD Exacerbations http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 06:39:41 UTC Cigarette Purchases Commonly Accompany Asthma Prescription Refills http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 12:02:10 UTC Cigarette Smoking Linked to 14 Million Major Illnesses http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Cigarette-Smoking-Linked-to-14-Million-Major-Illnesses The disease burden of smoking remains immense despite widespread tobacco cessation efforts. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:28:24 UTC Telehealth Stress Management Intervention May Reduce COPD Symptoms http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 03:57:42 UTC Combining COPD Therapies Aids Older Adults with Comorbid Asthma http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/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 02:42:01 UTC Care Transitions in COPD Patients: The Pharmacist is Calling http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 09:27:34 UTC COPD and the Concept of Control http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 04:13:26 UTC COPD and Cardiovascular/Cerebrovascular Disease: It’s Not Just a Smoking Problem http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/COPD-and-CardiovascularCerebrovascular-Disease-Its-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 08:10:57 UTC Eliminating Secondhand Smoke: Proof That It Helps http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 04:11:12 UTC Hospitalized for COPD? Even Minimal Activity Appears to Decrease Readmission http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 01:00:48 UTC COPD Linked with Increased Risk of Cognitive Impairment http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 01:19:59 UTC COPD: Walking to Better Health http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 01:36:45 UTC COPD and N-acetylcysteine: Questions Remain http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 02:45:01 UTC Breathlessness, Benzodiazepines, and Opioids: Options for COPD Patients http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 04:09:26 UTC Encouragement From Pharmacists Improves COPD and Asthma Medication Use http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 05:51:39 UTC COPD: Pulmonary Rehab an Important Sequel to Hospitalization http://www.pharmacytimes.com/condition-resources/copd/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 05:41:44 UTC