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2012-05-04 21:19:36

Comorbidities are common among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and a number of these comorbidities are independently associated with an increased mortality risk, according to a new study. "We followed 1,664 COPD patients recruited from five pulmonary clinics in the United States and Spain for a median of 51 months," said lead author Miguel Divo, MD, a physician in the Pulmonary and Critical Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor in Medicine at...

2012-05-02 13:35:31

Findings underline importance of cardiac testing in lung disease prognosis, treatment A simple test for heart disease risk can go a long way toward determining the long-term prognosis for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to UC Irvine researchers. Dr. Hwa Mu Lee and Nathan Wong of the UCI Heart Disease Prevention Program found that individuals with moderate to severe COPD who had a low Framingham Heart Study 10-year risk assessment rate lived longer and...

2012-04-23 21:20:09

Patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and shortness of breath found that opioids provided relief and improved their quality of life, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). However, physicians are reluctant to prescribe opioids for this condition, meaning many people will not benefit from this treatment. The prevalence of COPD in Canada is increasing, and shortness of breath (dyspnea) is a major symptom that is difficult to treat and...

2012-04-21 23:02:35

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We know first-hand how horrible a mesothelioma diagnosis can be for a US Navy Veteran or an individual, and we know first-hand how hard it is for the family. Unfortunately, we fear many families do not know what to do, or who to call, and they end up doing nothing. We created the Mesothelioma Victims Center to do something special, and to offer services no one else does, when it comes to a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma." They say, "We greatly...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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