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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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GORD exacerbates COPD; antacids protect

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) almost triples the risk of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among patients not regularly taking acid suppressants, such as proton pump inhibitors.

COPD increases Parkinson's risk

Suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) seems to increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study from Taiwan.

Optimising inhaler technique

Beverley Bostock-Cox explains how correct inhaler technique is important to outcomes for patients taking inhaled therapies.

Non-drug COPD treatments help breathing

Cognitive-behavioural interventions seem to alleviate breathlessness (dyspnoea) in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a review of 23 randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Self-management of COPD

COPD patients must be educated about how to identify and manage exacerbations, writes Beverley Bostock-Cox

Bronchiectasis/COPD mortality

Bronchiectasis - permanent, progressive airways dilation following 'a vicious circle' of inflammation, infection and repair of the bronchial mucosa - is associated with longer and more severe COPD exacerbations, more frequent colonisation of bronchi by bacteria and greater functional impairment. New research suggests bronchiectasis more than doubles all-cause mortality among patients with moderate-to-severe COPD.

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