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Targeted method of drug delivery to lung developed

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a new method that can target delivery of very small volumes of drugs into the lung. Their approach, in which micro-liters of liquid containing a drug are instilled into the lung, distributed as a thin film in the predetermined region of the lung [...]

Traditional Chinese exercises may help patients with COPD

Liuzijue qigong (LQG) is a set of meditative movement and breathing patterns practiced by more than 100 million people in China. In a new Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in remission who were randomized to LQG demonstrated marked improvements in their lung function, general health, mental health, [...]

COPD: New hope to tackle third biggest killer disease

A potential new way to treat one of the world’s most common lung diseases is to be investigated after a study found a link between sufferers’ iron levels and worse health outcomes. Researchers are to give iron to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – commonly caused by smoking – to see if it [...]

New guidelines for chronic lung disease over-diagnose older men and under-diagnose younger women

New guidelines for diagnosing chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), should be modified because they over-diagnose COPD in older men and under-diagnose COPD in young women. Writing in The BMJ, Professor Martin Miller and Dr Mark Levy say up to 13% of people thought to have COPD under the new criteria have [...]

COPD is more prevalent in poor and rural areas of the US

Living in a rural area and being poor are risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said Sarath Raju, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, lead author of a study presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. The researchers used a nationally representative sample to pinpoint COPD risk factors. [...]