News related to COPD – selected articles, spring 2014
Over April and May 2014, COPD made the headlines in different media ECC wish this information will reach EU decision makers so that they take action on preventing COPD, good quality care for patients and to further support EU wide research on COPD. The press reported on:
WHO reports on the impact of air pollution on premature mortality
The data released revealed that indoor and outdoor pollution is the cause of 7 million deaths, 1 in 8 of total global deaths, a figure much higher than anticipated and that pollution is a major cause of heart failures. The WHO assessment included a a breakdown of deaths attributed to air pollution-influenced diseases: Outdoor air pollution-caused deaths:
Acute lower respiratory infections in children – 3%.
Indoor air pollution-caused deaths:
Stroke – 34%
Ischemic heart disease – 26%
COPD – 22%
Acute lower respiratory infections in children – 12%
Lung cancer – 6%.
Research from John Hopkins highlights impact of higher temperature on patients suffering from COPD
During a presentation made at the American Thorathic Society Annual meeting, researchers showed that as air temperatures rise, so too may the symptoms of COPD. The problem might be even more dire if predictions about global warming come to pass, the study’s authors said.The researchers found that increases in indoor temperature were associated with increases in symptoms and rescue medication use and decreases in lung function. .Dr. Meredith McCormack, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a meeting news release: “these findings support the need for adaptive approaches to COPD treatment to prevent adverse health effects related to increases in temperature”.
Older people with COPD taking benzodiazepines more likely to experience adverse respiratory outcomes
Benzoldiazepines prescribed for insomnia, anxietyand breathing issues “significantly increase the risk” that older people with COPD need to visit a doctor or Emergency Department for respiratory reasons, new research has found.
New study confirms maitaining a good level of physical activity help prevent hospitalisation for patients with COPD
Patients with COPD who participated in any level of moderate to vigorous physical activity had a lower risk of hospital readmission within 30 days compared to those who were inactive, according to a study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The findings apture information about patients’ usual physical activity well before the initial hospitalization and provide evidence that supports the promotion of physical activity across the COPD care continuum. They suggest that regular physical activity could buffer the stresses of hospitalization.
May 19th, 2014 | Published in