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Study: Even Smokers Who Pass Lung Test may be in Early Stages of COPD

Millions of smokers who pass a widely used lung test may nevertheless be in the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), according to a new study. The researchers, led by Dr. Elizabeth Regan of National Jewish Health in Denver, found signs of lung disease in 55 percent of long …

Medical Costs from COPD are Rising, Study Finds

Financial costs associated with treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are increasing, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Moreover, the study found that COPD patients spend twice as much in medical expenses as people without the lung disease. …

COPD More Prevalent in Poor, Rural Communities, Study Finds

Your income, location, and gasoline consumption may be some of the factors that increase your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study conducted at Johns Hopkins. In a study of over 87,000 participants aged 40 and over, the risk of COPD in poor or rural communi …

Could this Natural Process Repair Lung Damage from COPD?

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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Duke University have discovered a new process by which lung cells can regenerate themselves to heal dead lung tissue. They hope that the findings may lead to therapies that can restore damage caused by chronic obstructive pulmon …

Could a New App Improve Outcomes in COPD?

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Developers and researchers alike hope that a new mobile phone app could improve the way we manage and treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). The Icahn School of Medicine and the National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute at Mount Sinai teamed up with LifeMap Solutions to build COPD …

Study Shows Nitrates Boost COPD Patients’ Exercise Capacity

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A new study in the journal Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry suggests that increasing a COPD patients’ intake of dietary nitrates could reduce blood pressure and help with exercise. Dietary nitrates are found in green vegetable leaves and beetroots. They have previously been shown to regulate b …

Why People with COPD Should Avoid the Heat

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For people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it may be best to avoid higher temperatures, new research suggests. Researchers found that higher indoor temperatures increased disease-related morbidity, including an increase in symptoms, a rise in the use of rescue medicatio …