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NIH finds communication a barrier to COPD treatment


BETHESDA, Md. - To more effectively treat COPD, patients and their doctors need to have open, detailed conversations, a web-based study by the National Institutes of Health has found.

In brief: NGS details reasons for denials, TiLite shakes up representation


INDIANAPOLIS – Prior authorization requests submitted as part of the PMD demo are being denied because of conflicting information in face-to-face exams and other medical records, and insufficient face-to-face exam information, National Government Services (NGS) announced in a recent bulletin.

Involve community pharmacists in COPD care, study says


OXFORD, England - COPD patients working with community pharmacists stick with their medications and have improved inhalation techniques, a recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests.

Yoga may help lung function in COPD patients, study says


CHICAGO – People turn to yoga for relaxation, strength and flexibility, but according to a recent study, the ancient practice may have another benefit—improving lung function in COPD patients.

In brief: Drive secures loan, Medtrade recognizes best


BETHESDA, Md. – Drive Medical is refinancing existing debt and supporting ongoing capital and growth needs with a $115 million loan, according to financing administrator GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.

COPD market forecast to hit $15.6 billion by 2019


LONDON – The $11.3 billion COPD market is expected to reach a value of $15.6 billion by 2019, according to a recently released GBI Research report.

Non-smokers have fewer symptoms, milder COPD


COPENHAGEN – People who have never smoked can develop COPD, but they experience fewer symptoms, less inflammation and a milder form of the disease than do former and current smokers with the condition, according to a recent study.

European COPD, lung cancer cases expected to rise, report says


LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Rates of COPD and lung cancer are expected to rise across Europe in the next two decades, the European Respiratory Society said in a report released Sept. 5.

App could reduce COPD hospital readmissions, developer says


PHILADELPHIA – The use of an app called SmartScope could cut hospital readmissions of COPD patients by up to 40%, says its developer.

Study: CPAP reduces risk of death from COPD, sleep apnea


DARIEN, Ill. – Researchers have found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy reduces the mortality rate of those with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), referred to as overlap syndrome.