COPD Perspective

 
 
  • Short-term O2 Prescriptions Lead to Inappropriate Long-term Use Dr Aaron Holley describes why oxygen prescriptions at hospital discharge are a far more pernicious cause of wasted resources.
  • Treatable Traits and Eosinophil Counts: Drug Therapy in COPD   Dr Neil Skolnik simplifies the recommendations in the 2021 GOLD Report on COPD.
  • Are Patients With COPD More Vulnerable to COVID-19? Dr Aaron Holley reviews a recently released a report on COVID-19 and COPD and whether therapies should be altered.
  • ECG Challenge: Did COPD Cause This Man's Irregular Heart Rate? A middle-aged COPD patient is intubated after experiencing respiratory distress and is found to have an irregular heartbeat. What does his ECG show?
  • Should You Prescribe Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID Patients?   WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with Dr Janet Woodcock about how monoclonal antibodies fight COVID-19, who should seek treatment and when, and the availability of this therapeutic.
  • 6 Can't-Miss Guideline Changes for Primary Care   Dr Neil Skolnik briefly shares the most important guideline changes from 2020 that primary care providers need to know.
  • COPD Highlights From CHEST 2020   COPD highlights from CHEST 2020, reported by Dr Darcy Marciniuk, include analysis of the effect of ICS-containing therapies on lung function decline and cardiovascular risk after acute exacerbation.
  • Stop Prescribing Nocturnal Oxygen to Patients With COPD Dr Aaron Holley reviews the results of the INOX study and how they reinforce the non-benefit of prescribing nocturnal oxygen therapy.
  • CHEST 2020 Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from CHEST 2020
  • Pharmacologic Therapy for COPD: GOLD or ATS Guidelines? Dr Aaron Holley explains the evidence that backs up the new ATS guideline for COPD management and how it contradicts the GOLD recommendations.
  • Long-hauler COVID Clinics Are Open, Skepticism Lingers   Drs Zijian Chen and Alejandro Comellas discuss the symptoms long-hauler COVID patients are experiencing and the outpatient clinics recently opened to treat them.
  • Breakthroughs in COPD From ERS 2020   Highlights in COPD from the ERS 2020 virtual congress include therapy escalation and de-escalation, compliance with GOLD guidelines, and a potential reason for the beneficial effect of beta-blockers.
  • Obesity and the Bitter Pill of Truth Obesity is encountered ubiquitously in clinical practice, with rates continuing to rise -- but why? Perhaps it's time we face the truth, says Dr Akshay Jain.
  • Diagnostic Errors in the COVID-19 Era Is the emphasis on SARS-CoV-2 causing clinicians to miss the obvious? A recent case confirms for Jaya Mallidi, MD, that scanning test results and the EHR is no substitute for meeting with the patient.
  • Can ED Visits Predict Thunderstorms?   Dr F. Perry Wilson reviews a study showing that emergency department visits for respiratory complaints spike before the arrival of thunderstorms.
  • 'Doc, Can I Get a Mask Exemption?' As more jurisdictions mandate facial coverings in public, questions have arisen about whether it's safe for everyone, including those with lung disease, to wear masks.
  • COPD Abstract Highlights From ATS 2020   Pulmonary expert Dr Sanjay Sethi highlights important COPD-related abstracts from the 2020 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference, which was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.
  • The Third Surge: Are We Prepared for the Non-Covid Crisis? Health systems should be prepared for a 'third surge' of patients coming in with chronic medical conditions.
  • ATS 2020 Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ATS 2020
  • Pandemic: 'Another Earthquake' Exposing Health Inequities   Bob Harrington asks Michelle Albert why mortality rates are so high in minority communities, and whether COVID-19 will lead to meaningful changes in health and social inequities.