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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with federal and non-federal partners, today released the first-ever COPD National Action Plan, a detailed, patient-centered roadmap for addressing one of the most urgent health concerns facing Americans. The plan was released at the American Thoracic Society International Conference meet...
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Research Feature
OVERVIEW Purpose: To determine whether long-term oxygen treatment is beneficial for group of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and moderately low levels of blood oxygen. Background: COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting an estimated 15 million Americans. Millions more do not even know that t...
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WHAT : Scientists funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have shown a link between persistent childhood asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Persistent asthma is characterized by recurrent breathing difficulties irrespective of medication use. COPD is a debilitating lung disease that typically affects current or...
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WHAT : In a finding that could lead to better treatment of smoking-related lung diseases, scientists are reporting that about half of current or former smokers have respiratory symptoms similar to COPD and an increased risk for exacerbations or “flare ups” of their symptoms despite normal lung function and a lack of COPD diagnosis. Many of these in...
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WHAT​: The National Institutes of Health is partnering with other Federal agencies to host a national meeting to develop a National Action Plan for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. The COPD Town Hall Meeting will take place February 29 and March 1 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. COPD is a lung disease in which a person’s airways a...
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Research Feature
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. But thanks to a pair of studies supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), scientists are continuing to shed new light on this chronic lung disease in the hope of reducing its impact through a better understanding of t...