Living with COPD


A range of articles discussing the causes of COPD.

Predicting the risk for developing pneumonia in older adults

Researchers have developed a ‘prediction score’ to help healthcare professionals determine which older adults might be most at risk for developing pneumonia. Source: Science Daily

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Early echocardiography to study pulmonary hypertension in mouse model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Researchers who focus on bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary hypertension, a common lung disease in premature infants, have shown that echocardiography can be used to detect the pulmonary hypertension in neonatal mice at an earlier time point than previously thought. Source: Science Daily

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New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of death

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who start using opioids have a more than two-fold higher risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared to non-opioid users, researchers have found. Source: Science Daily

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New clues to COPD linked to proteostasis imbalance caused by cigarette smoke

Free radicals can reach the endoplasmic reticulum, a cellular organelle that is critical in manufacturing and transporting fats, steroids, hormones and various proteins, and alter its function by oxidizing and damaging its most abundant and crucial to protein folding chaperone, Protein Disulfide Isomerase (PDI). Source: Science Daily

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Rethink rehabilitation to reverse frailty in COPD patients

One in four patients with COPD referred for exercise rehabilitation are frail, but nevertheless can respond favorably to rehabilitation and their frailty can be reversed, finds a new study. The findings have wider implications for treating frailty, which affects one in ten over-65s, where adapting other rehabilitation programs could potentially benefit more patients. Source: Science … Continue Reading

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