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COPD heightens deadly lung cancer risk in smokers

Smokers who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may face nearly twice the risk of getting small cell lung cancer (SCLC)–the deadliest form of lung cancer–than smokers who don’t have COPD, according to a large worldwide study led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study was published online September [...]

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. [...]

Predictors of risk for COPD exacerbations in patients using inhaled medications

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), being female, and certain scores on the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) were associated with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in subjects using long-acting controller medication, according to a study presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. “Knowing these factors can help clinicians identify subjects at risk [...]