Depression Plagues Many With COPD

June 17, 2016

By Chuck GreenHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may raise the risk of depression among patients with the incurable respiratory illness, two new studies suggest.
One report, from scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, found one in four patients with COPD suffered persistent depressive symptoms over […]


Certain Steroids Raise Risk for Serious Staph Infections

June 9, 2016

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who use powerful drugs called systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for life-threatening staph blood infections, a new study finds.
The findings are “a reminder for clinicians to weigh carefully the elevated risk against the potential beneficial effect of glucocorticoid therapy,” said study lead author Dr. Jesper Smit, […]


Most Americans Support Rise in Legal Smoking Age

June 1, 2016

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Highlighting tobacco’s growing unpopularity, a new survey finds most Americans support pushing the legal smoking age even higher.
Across all regions of the United States, poll respondents gave an overwhelming thumbs-up to raising the legal age for buying tobacco products to 19, 20 or even 21.
Support also “seems to […]


Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes.
However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically, such as when they catch a cold.
“It makes sense that these […]


Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

May 23, 2016

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates.
The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness.
“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence […]


Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

May 18, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they’ve been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study.
Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty exercising and history of asthma. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United […]


Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

May 18, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children with sickle cell disease may breathe easier when they’re given hydroxyurea — an effective, but underused, drug for the disease, new research suggests.
In a study of 94 young people with sickle cell, researchers found that hydroxyurea helped slow the decline in lung function that […]


COPD Discovery Might Improve Treatment

May 15, 2016

SUNDAY, May 15 2016 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve found a new way to predict how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will progress, a discovery they believe could improve COPD treatment.
Their research might help doctors determine which patients are less likely to respond to standard treatment and are at higher risk for disease advancement, the […]


Many COPD Patients Have Trouble Finding Care

May 13, 2016

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease face high out-of-pocket costs and other significant barriers to adequate medical care, a new report finds.
“This report reveals a real patchwork of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” the report’s lead author, Dr. Meilan Han, said in a news […]


Severe Asthma in Childhood Linked to COPD Risk Later

May 12, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Though many children with persistent asthma get better as they get older, some may go on to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in early adulthood, a new study suggests.
People with the poorest lung function and reduced lung growth are most at risk for […]



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