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For more information about COPD or the NHLBI's COPD Awareness and Education Campaign, members of the media are encouraged to contact the NHLBI communications office at 301-496-4236 or nhlbi_news@nhlbi.nih.gov or visit public.nhlbi.nih.gov/newsroom/home/newsroom.aspx.

COPD Learn More Breathe Better® in the News

NHLBI Federal COPD Workshop - November 13, 2013

Underscoring the importance of COPD to the health of the nation, the Senate Appropriations Committee in FY2012 encouraged the NHLBI "to work with community stake-holders and other Federal Agencies, including CDC, to develop a national action plan to respond to the growing burden of this disease". The NHLBI, the NIH component with primary responsibility for lung diseases, supports research and education activities on COPD and interacts with many of the various Federal Agencies and Institutes of the NIH that deal with this disease. In response to this congressional encouragement, the NHLBI hosted in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 3rd 2013, a forum of representatives from Federal government Agencies and Institutes (see list of participants below). The purpose of the meeting was to share information about current activities related to COPD and discuss opportunities for further cooperation and enhanced effectiveness of the federal response to this serious public health problem. Read the meeting summary here: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/press-room/index.htm

 

NPR News - June 12, 2013

NPR News' Talk of the Nation talked with patients and lung specialists about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, who is working closely with the NHLBI and the COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign, is one of the patients to share her personal story with COPD. She is joined by Dr. Enid Neptune, lung specialist and researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who discusses latest treatment and research, and encourages people at-risk to talk with their health care provider about their symptoms. Read or listen to the full story here: http://www.npr.org/2013/06/12/191028683/fighting-to-breathe-living-with-copdExternal Link

Everyday Health - March 1, 2013

Everyday Health published an article on the impact of air quality on people with COPD. The article cites studies from around the globe that indicate links between the lung disease and air pollution, and provides tips on what to do to avoid this health risk inside and outside of one's home. Gail Weinmann, MD, Deputy Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the NHLBI, gives advise on how to deal with outdoor air pollution, such as checking air pollution reports and the effects of altitude and humidity on breathing. Read the article here: http://www.everydayhealth.com/copd/copd-risks-air-pollution-and-your-health.aspxExternal Link

Health Monitor - Feb. 2013

Health Monitor published a story on Valerie Chang, Breathe Better Network member and founder of the Hawaii COPD Coalition. In addition to her personal story with COPD, the article provides tips on how to manage the disease on a daily basis. The print version of the article includes an overview of the symptoms of the lung disease and refers to the Campaign's website for more information. Read the online version here: http://www.healthmonitor.com/copd/room-breatheExternal Link

KXAN.com - Feb. 19, 2013

KXAN.com in Austin, Texas, discusses how music therapy can help those suffering from COPD. Patients use harmonicas to improve lung function and practice breathing in a fun setting. The article includes data from the NHLBI and links to its resources. Read the article here: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/harmonicas-ease-copd-bluesExternal Link

Everyday Health - Feb. 14, 2013

Everyday Health provides an overview of the causes and prevalence of COPD worldwide. The article offers an overview of strategies a variety of organizations are pursuing to combat the disease and also mentions the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's collaboration with the World Health Organization to develop the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Read the article here: http://www.everydayhealth.com/copd/copd-around-the-world-3524.aspxExternal Link

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Feb. 4, 2013

West Virginia Public Broadcasting features a broadcast segment on their website about prevalence of COPD in West Virginia. The data provided was collected in the 2011 CDC BRFSS survey and co-supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Read the article here: http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=28498External Link

NewsOK.com - Jan. 28, 2013

The news site NewsOK.com details an Oklahoma woman's experience with COPD. The lung disease is a growing problem in Oklahoma, having just tied with West Virginia for the state with the fourth highest occurrence of COPD. The data comes from CDC's 2011 BRFSS survey. The addition of statewide COPD surveillance data to the BRFSS was co-supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Read the article here: http://newsok.com/chronic-lung-disease-affects-many-oklahomans/article/3749780/?page=1External Link

RT Magazine - Nov. 27, 2012

RT Magazine reports on NHLBI's COPD awareness study that saw a decline in COPD awareness among U.S. adults. Dr. James P. Kiley, director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is quoted in the story, saying that these results provide an opportunity to mobilize and re-energize outreach efforts. Read the article here: http://www.rtmagazine.com/research/18648-copd-awareness-drops-according-to-nih-studyExternal Link

Pharmacist.com - Nov. 26, 2012

The American Pharmacists Association's Pharmacist.com reports on nationwide prevalence data on COPD that was collected by CDC's BRFSS survey for the first time. The addition of statewide COPD surveillance data to the BRFSS was co-supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. View the article here: http://www.pharmacist.com/copd-nationwide-prevalence-data-reported-2011External Link

Kansas City Infozine - Nov. 26, 2012

The Kansas City Infozine reports on the latest NHLBI survey on COPD awareness. The study indicates that current awareness levels have declined among certain groups with physicians reporting a major barrier to diagnosis to be underreported symptoms. The article quotes Dr. James P. Kiley, director of the Division of Lung Diseases at by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and discusses the Institute's plans to continue to educate the public on the lung disease. View the article here: http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/53927/External Link

Tri-County Sun Times - Nov. 22, 2012

The Tri-County Sun Times provides an in-depth report on results of the NHLBI 2012 COPD awareness study. Dr. James P. Kiley, director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, notes that the NHLBI will continue to engage with COPD patients, their caregivers, medical societies and others through the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign and its partnership network to reach those at risk on a local level. View the article here: http://www.thevillagessuntimes.com/article/copd-awareness-returns-2008-levels-according-new-nih-surveyExternal Link

HealthDay - Nov. 21, 2012

Health Day reports on nationwide prevalence of COPD in the U.S. It is estimated that 15 million have COPD and prevalence occurrence of the condition is highest in Kentucky. It is the first time that this data had been collected via CDC's BRFSS study. The addition of this statewide module was co-supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. View the article here: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=670948External Link

NIH Radio - Nov. 9, 2012

Reporter Joe Balintfy of NIH Radio spoke with Dr. James P. Kiley, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about COPD, its symptoms and risk factors, and the importance of early detection and treatment. To listen to the report click here: http://www.nih.gov/news/radio/nov2012/20121109NHLBI-COPD.htmExternal Link

About.com - Nov. 6, 2012

About.com provides a list of organizations and ideas on how to get involved in National COPD Awareness Month, including resources on the Campaign's website. Read about ways to get involved and how to raise awareness about COPD: http://copd.about.com/b/2012/11/06/november-marks-national-copd-awareness-month.htmExternal Link

San Diego Union-Tribune - June 27, 2012

From June 29 to July 1, the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign's signature event series Country Conquers COPD™ stopped at the San Diego County Fair to provide free screenings to fairgoers. The San Diego Union-Tribune announced the Campaign's presence at the Fair. View the article here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/27/free-copd-screenings-offered-county-fair/External Link

HealthDay - December 1, 2011

HealthDay reported on COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign survey results showing that many of those at risk for COPD don't talk to their doctor about symptoms. View the article here: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=659179External Link

CDC.gov - November 16, 2011

With the help of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign, the CDC produced a podcast to highlight the causes of COPD and tips for prevention. To listen to the podcast click here: http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=4166871External Link

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - October 18, 2011

The Journal Sentinel online ran a column interviewing Dr. James P. Kiley, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute about COPD symptoms, risks and diagnosis. View the article here: http://www.jsonline.com/sponsoredarticles/health-wellness/132071963.htmlExternal Link

OC Register - December 1, 2010

The OC Register interviewed Dr. James P. Kiley, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute about the signs and symptoms of COPD. View the article here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/copd-278179-people-disease.htmlExternal Link

CDC.gov - November 22, 2010

With the help of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign, the CDC produced a podcast to highlight the causes of COPD and tips for prevention. To listen to the podcast click here: http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=4166871External Link

HealthDay - November 12, 2010

HealthDay reported on COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign survey results showing an increase in awareness of COPD among American adults. View the article here: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=645765External Link

RT Magazine - November 11, 2010

RT Magazine reported on COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign survey results showing an increase in awareness of COPD among American adults. The article also mentioned the new public service announcement campaign that highlights common COPD signs and symptoms. View the article here: http://www.rtmagazine.com/news/2010-11-10_01.aspExternal Link

NIH Record - June 25, 2010

The NIH Record reported on COPD Learn More Breathe Better partner, the COPD Foundation, bringing its "COPD Shuttle" ride to the NIH campus on May 27 for a virtual tour of the lung and demonstration of the health risks of smoking and air pollution. View the article here: http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/2010/06_25_2010/story5.htmExternal Link

Science Daily - January 25, 2010

Science Daily reported on an NHLBI-funded study on COPD and heart function which appeared in the January 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Susan B. Shurin, M.D., NHLBI acting director, and James P. Kiley, PhD, director, NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, are both quoted. View the article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100120211022.htmExternal Link

Web MD - January 20, 2010

An NHLBI-funded study on COPD and heart function which appeared in the January 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine was reported on by WebMD. NHLBI Acting Director Susan B. Shurin, MD., is quoted. View the article here: http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/news/20100120/mild-copd-may-hurt-the-heartExternal Link

MedPage Today - January 20, 2010

MedPage Today reported on an NHLBI-funded study on COPD and heart function which appeared in the January 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Lead author R. Graham Barr, MD, of Columbia University, provides an audio report. To read the article and listen to the report, visit: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/SmokingCOPD/18070

AARP Bulletin - December 2009

AARP Bulletin article on new pulmonary rehab Medicare benefit features Learn More Breathe Better resources. Read the article here: bulletin.aarp.org/yourhealth/diseases/articles/_medicare_to_offer_a_new_benefit_for_those_with_copd.htmlExternal Link

Second Opinion - October/November 2009

Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and Ted Koppel recently appeared on the PBS show Second Opinion to discuss living with COPD, how it has affected their family and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. Watch the Webisodes here: secondopinion-tv.org/secondopinion/episodes/COPD/webisode/index.htmlExternal Link

WebMD - November 4, 2009

Survey findings from the NHLBI's COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign were featured on WebMD. The article focused on the increase in awareness of COPD and its treatability. View the article here: www.webmd.com/lung/copd/news/20091104/copd-awareness-climbs-understanding-lagsExternal Link

HealthDay - November 4, 2009

HealthDay reported on COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign survey results showing an increase in awareness of COPD among American adults but a reluctance of some to talk to their doctors or health care providers. The HealthDay article also provided some insights into how optimistically physicians view COPD and its treatability. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also ran this article online. View the article here: www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=632735External Link

RT Magazine - November 3, 2009

Results from a COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign survey conducted for National COPD Awareness Month were highlighted. James P. Kiley, PhD, director, NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases is quoted in this article. View the article here: www.rtmagazine.com/news/2009-11-03_01.aspExternal Link

About.com
November Is COPD Awareness Month - November 2, 2009

The COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign was featured on the About.com COPD Blog for National COPD Awareness Month. See the posting here: copd.about.com/b/2009/11/02/november-is-copd-awareness-month.htmExternal Link

Winston-Salem Journal
PIGGING OUT: Barbecue Festival in Lexington shows that the bad news about swine flu hasn't put damper on meaty tradition
- October 25, 2009

On October 24, 2009 the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign held its second Country Conquers COPD signature event at the Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC. In a recap of the day's events, the Winston-Salem Journal mentioned that information was being handed out about COPD at the Festival. Also, Roy Pleasants of the North Carolina COPD Task Force noted the high incidence rate of COPD in the state during an interview. See the article here: www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/oct/25/pigging-out/news-regional/External Link

The Courier-Journal, Louisville Kentucky - August 21, 2008

The Courier-Journal profiled two women currently living with COPD and highlighted the need for early detection.  The article references the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign as well as National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute statistics.  The Courier-Journal reaches 215,328 readers. 

Bulls Radio Network, Durham, North Carolina – August 25, 2008

John McGuire of the COPD Foundation was interviewed about COPD and the COPD Awareness Night at the Ballpark event during the pre-game radio show.  Click here to listen.

Retro Television Network, Durham, North Carolina – August 25, 2008

Dr. James Donohue of the North Carolina COPD Task Force was interviewed about COPD during the live television broadcast of the Durham Bulls game on COPD Awareness Night at the Ballpark.  Dr. Donohue spoke to the prevalence of COPD in North Carolina and encouraged fans to visit the screening area to learn more.  To listen to the interview, click hereExternal Link.

WNCN-TV – North Carolina – August 27, 2008

The local NBC station in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina aired a story about living with COPD that featured COPD patient Archie Copeland and Dr. James Donohue, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and North Carolina COPD Task Force member.  The reporter visited the COPD Foundation’s Mobile Screening Unit for a first hand look at spirometry testing.  To view the story, visit: chapelhill.mync.com/site/chapelhill/news/story/7719/copd-increasingly-common-hardly-knownExternal Link

MediZine’s Healthy Living – Summer 2008

The summer edition of Healthy Living, a quarterly magazine available at CVS pharmacies nationwide, featured a two-page story titled, “Life’s Breath.” In the article, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel explained how she handles the challenges of COPD and her advocacy efforts with the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® Campaign.  Each issue of Healthy Living reaches more than 3.5 million readers.

The Chicago Tribune – April 27, 2008

The April 27 issue of The Chicago Tribune featured a story on Grace Anne Dorney Koppel’s battle with COPD and her participation in the launch of the Illinois COPD strategic action plan.  The Sunday edition reaches nearly 900,000 readers. 

The New York Times – November 29, 2007

NHLBI's COPD Learn More Breathe Better® Campaign was featured in the November 29 issue of The New York Times in a story on COPD, part of its “Six Killers” series on the leading causes of illness and death in the United States.

The front page story featured James Kiley, PhD, Director, NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, and a number of our partners in the COPD community.

Click here to view the main story, and several sidebarsExternal Link.

The New York Times reaches more than 1.1 million readers, with about 13 million more logging in online.

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric – September 12, 2007

The COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, raising awareness and understanding of COPD with nearly 6 million viewers. Campaign spokesperson Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and her husband Ted Koppel spoke with correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about their experiences with COPD. James Kiley, Ph.D, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at NHLBI addressed prevalence statistics and the epidemic nature of the disease.

The View – July 15, 2007

Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and her husband Ted Koppel appeared on ABC’s The View to talk about COPD on behalf of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign. Barbara Walters and Joy Behar spoke openly with Grace Anne about her diagnosis and management of COPD. The interview highlighted the symptoms and risk factors of COPD and the need for greater use of lung function tests.

Woman’s Day – July 10, 2007

The July edition of Woman’s Day featured a story titled, “Breathing Lessons” by Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, as told to Andrea Atkins. In the three-page article, Koppel tells her personal story from symptoms, to diagnosis, to management of her COPD. She encourages those experiencing symptoms to talk with their doctors or health care providers about taking a lung function test and directs them to the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign website for additional information about COPD.

In addition, the article refers readers to the Woman’s Day website for additional resources on COPD.

Retirement Living Television – June 20, 2007

Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and her husband Ted Koppel appeared on Retirement Living TV’s Daily Café to raise awareness about the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Grace Anne encouraged those at risk to seek treatment, and she discussed how careful management of COPD can improve both one’s ability to breathe and enjoyment of life.

The Retirement Living website featured a link to the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign website and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website.

The Wall Street Journal – May 2, 2007

The May 2nd edition of The Wall Street Journal featured a story titled, "Shining a Light on a Deadly Lung Disorder" by reporter Laura Landro. In her report, Landro outlines the extent of the problem of COPD in the U.S., the need for diagnosis, recent treatment advances, and the efforts underway by NHLBI and its partners to build awareness of the disease.

The story highlighted the efforts of the COPD Foundation and the American Association for Respiratory Care -- both COPD Learn More Breathe Better® partners -- in working to bring the Mobile Spirometry Unit to at-risk individuals across the country. The piece also references a survey by the American Lung Association, also a campaign partner.

Newsweek – April 30, 2007

Newsweek’s May 7 edition, which hit newsstands on April 30, features a special Spring Health Supplement including a “Coping with COPD” Q&A with Grace Anne Dorney Koppel. The piece also refers readers to www.LearnAboutCOPD.org for additional information.

The article can also be accessed online at MSNBC's home page - click on the Newsweek banner. Online coverage includes more in-depth information about the disease, and COPD Learn More Breathe Better® fact sheets and educational materials.

Good Morning America – March 22, 2007

Patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about COPD on behalf of the NHLBI's COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign. Diane Sawyer sat down with Grace Anne, who was diagnosed with COPD in 2001, to talk about her diagnosis, the steps she is taking to manage this disease, and the importance of those who are at risk of COPD learning about the disease and getting treatment if necessary.

The Diane Rehm Show – March 1, 2007

Patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel visited National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show to talk about her fight against COPD. She was joined by James Kiley, Ph.D, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at NHLBI and Robert Wise, M.D., Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Multidisciplinary Training Grant in Pulmonary Medicine. You can listen to an archive of the show hereExternal Link.

NIH Radio Story: NHLBI Launches Campaign to Increase Awareness of COPD – January 19, 2007

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