Saving Breath: Diagnosing and Managing COPD

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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.

Continuing Education Program effect on Clinical Practice of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Dr. Sandra Adams, Associate professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, TX, discusses her article appearing in the September 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where she shares that when adult learning techniques are put into practice within clinical medicine training, positive results occur. Available at: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(12)00680-5/fulltext

Body Composition and Coronary Heart Disease - An Obesity or Lean Paradox?

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Dr. Carl (Chip) Lavie, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School and the University of Queensland School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, discusses his article appearing in the September 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings on the effects of body composition and coronary heart disease mortality. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/3to6x5q .

Derivation and Validation of Electronic Strategies to Identify Risk Factors for Postop Acute Lung Injury

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Dr. Daryl Kor, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the May 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings on electronic search strategies to identify pertinent risk factors for postoperative acute lung injury. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/3gcpzgx

Study Finds Cigar and Pipe Smoking Doubles Risk of COPD

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A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that in spite of being considered non-inhaled forms of smoking, cigar and pipe smoking doubled the risk for developing COPD over those who did not smoke at all.

Molecular characterization of the bacterial flora in the lung of healthy, asthmatic and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseased (COPD) subjects

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Molecular characterization of the bacterial flora in the lung of healthy, asthmatic and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseased (COPD) subjects Markus Hilty, Imperial College, London