Saving Breath: Diagnosing and Managing COPD

submitted by: mcgheek

Luca Paoletti, M.D., a pulmonologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, discusses best practices for diagnosing (eg, spirometry, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency testing) and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for all COPD patients. Bronchodilators are the mainstay of medication therapy, and, for patients with medication-refractory COPD, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant are options.

Public Health Interventions for Asthma, An Umbrella Review, 1990–2010

submitted by: Asthma2012
Context: Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease increasingly prevalent in the U.S., particularly among children and certain minority groups. This umbrella review sought to assess and summarize existing systematic reviews of asthma-related interventions that might be carried out or supported by state or community asthma control programs, and to identify gaps in knowledge. Evidence acquisition: Eleven databases were searched through September 2010, using terms related to four concepts:...
Authors: Magdala Labre, PhD, MPH, Elizabeth Herman, MD, MPH, Gema Dumitru, MD, MPH, Kristine Valenzuela, BA, Christy Cechman, BA, MLIS, DC