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5 New Things about COPD

5 New Things about COPD

  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases were ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States for 2010—the latest period for which data are available from the CDC.

  • Use Primary Care Data to Identify Risk: Routinely available computerized primary care data may be used to identify patients at risk for COPD exacerbation. A clinically-based model retained 11 variables that significantly predicted 2 or more exacerbations. Significant predictors not previously identified: eosinophilia and COPD Assessment Test (CAT) score. More information, here.

  • CAT Improves Predictive Value: Researchers investigated the prognostic value of health-related quality-of-life questionnaires to predict a composite event. The predictive value of previous exacerbations increased significantly in only 1 of the 4 trialed questionnaires—the COPD Assessment Test (CAT). More information, here.

  • Biomarker of Early Mortality: Because patients with COPD are at high risk for early death, identifying prognostic biomarkers may improve survival. A biomarker of early mortality that shows promise: hyperuricemia. More information, here.

  • Corticosteroids & Bronchodilators Lower Death Risk: Adding inhaled corticosteroids to long-acting bronchodilators was found to have a beneficial effect on mortality in patients with COPD. The advantage is much more pronounced in patients with frequent exacerbations. More information, here.

  • StopCOPD App for Research Recruitment: A new tool, the StopCOPD app, enables patients to participate in the COPD Patient-Powered Research Network, a lung health research study. The goal is to enroll more than 75,000 patients who have agreed to share their health information. More information, here.

More than 50% of adults with low pulmonary function were not aware they had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), says the CDC. November was COPD awareness month. Here we bring you a brief roundup of the latest developments in COPD research and patient care.




 ► Use Primary Care Data to Identify Risk

 ► CAT Improves Predictive Value

 ► Biomarker of Early Mortality

 ► Corticosteroids & Bronchodilators Lower Death Risk

 ► StopCOPD App for Research Recruitment



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