Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: COPD COPD en-us Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:16:19 UTC Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:16:19 UTC Pharmacist Roles Expanding in Chronic Disease Management From optimizing inhaler technique in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to catching red flags when dispensing controlled substances to patients with chronic pain, pharmacists can improve patient outcomes in an evolving treatment landscape. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:30:00 UTC COPD Counseling Takes Center Stage Leonard Nimoy’s recent death from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) brought the condition into the spotlight, and may bring patients with questions to the pharmacy counter. Sun, 08 Mar 2015 02:00:00 UTC What to Consider When Selecting Inhalers for COPD With the wide selection of available inhalers, this article sheds light on factors that can influence COPD treatment success. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:00:00 UTC Pain Control Lacking in End-Stage COPD Patients Most people hear “hospice” and think “cancer,” but many end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients also receive hospice care when their caregivers can no longer provide the medical attention they need. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 UTC Heart-Healthy Diet May Reduce COPD Risk A healthy diet associated with reduced heart disease risk may also lower the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 UTC 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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