Because of the difficulty in managing their care, patients with COPD have hospitalization rates 63 per cent higher than the general population, as well as 85 per cent more emergency department visits and 48 per cent more ambulatory care visits.
Innovation in primary care for COPD patients has the potential to alleviate a significant strain on the health system by reducing emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Your genetic material instructs your cells to produce the proteins encoded in it.
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Gene therapies and vaccines are often injected into muscle cells that are inefficient at producing desired proteins. Making them work more like liver cells could lead to better treatment outcomes.
Even with optimal treatment, asthma and COPD patients encounter unpredictable flareups of their conditions, which can become life-threatening and need immediate medical attention.
Researchers are developing an AI-powered device to detect asthma and COPD symptoms in real-time for faster treatment. The ‘patch’ listens to airway sounds, but filters out speech to protect privacy.
A woman wears a face mask as she walks by the sculpture ‘The Illuminated Crowd’ on a street in Montréal. Vulnerable people may benefit from measures like face masks even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Decreases in respiratory infections during the pandemic suggest there may be a continued role for the selective, non-mandated use of measures like masks and social distancing even post-COVID-19.
Five respiratory viruses everyone should know about.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
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A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..
Omega-3 fatty acids can limit inflammation by stimulating free fatty acid receptor 4.
Proto-medicines which activated “free fatty acid receptor 4” were able to relax the lungs and airways in both mice and human lung tissue samples.
More evidence that vaping may be harmful to your health.
More than 20 countries have banned e-cigarettes.
A 3D image of lungs.
As organs go, lungs do not receive a lot of attention, and diseases associated with them, such as lung cancer, historically have been underfunded. Here’s a look at how your amazing lungs function.
Vitamin D shows promise in treating COPD in people who are deficient in the vitamin.
Could a timely text or a friendly reminder be the difference between good health and chronic disease?
Sometimes the difference between intending to do something and doing it is a little nudge. Now researchers are designing apps that nudge patients with chronic diseases to change their behavior.
Barbara Bush and her husband, George H.W. Bush, at his Houston campaign headquarters June 4, 1964.
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The former first lady was reported to have a condition that makes breathing hard and often occurs in smokers. COPD is a condition that affects almost 16 million Americans.
Judge Gladys Kessler’s ruling in 2006 was the basis for tobacco companies’ corrective statements now airing on TV and placed in newspapers.
Tobacco Free Kids
The journey to the ads that cigarettes companies started running Nov. 26, 2017 about the dangers of smoking and their bad behavior started 64 years ago .
The largest differences in early death between those with and without mental disorders were for respiratory diseases and alcohol misuse.
Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
Shifting your diet away from processed foods and towards fruits and vegetables can reduce symptoms of asthma.
Upping your intake of vegetables and fruits can do more than just reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – it could also help you breathe easier.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most wretched tobacco-caused illnesses.
Over the past decade, every researcher’s email inbox has been crammed daily with junk from what have come to be known as predatory journals and conferences. Last week I had 21 offers to send my non-existent…
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is responsible for the majority of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases.
The lung is like an upside-down tree where the wind pipe is the trunk and the bronchi are the branches. Chronic lower respiratory diseases affect these branches.
The types of bugs that may be calling your lungs home.
Understanding the bugs in our lungs could help treat certain diseases, including asthma.