Category: Videos

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In this video, part of a continuing series produced by Medscape, Dr. Laura Feemster of the University of Washington discusses the risks of comorbidities, or companion diseases, in patients with COPD. These include coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), obesity, diabetes, depression, and obstructive sleep apnea. Even if you have mild COPD, you have an increased risk of death from these other conditions
A COPD exacerbation can be defined as an increase in symptoms above the day-to-day variability that a patient normally experiences, that requires a change in therapy. In simple terms, it is a COPD “flare-up."  Frequent exacerbations are associated with poorer health, disease progression, and increased mortality; in short, they negatively affect overall quality of life. The first step in treating exacerbations is to figure out what’s trigg
In this video about tailoring therapies to improve the lives of COPD patients, David Au, M.D. talks about improvements in the treatment of COPD, due in part to the number of therapies that are available and also due in no small measure to the patient engagement that some of these therapies involve. Laura Feemster, M.D. adds that medical providers are learning to focus on the patients’ symptoms and exacerbation frequency rather than simply the s
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is busy executing an ambitious anti-smoking campaign to try to give smokers a major push to stop smoking. The question is, what exactly is the damaging activity that is harming people and that must be stopped? Is it smoking traditional cigarettes, i.e. drawing smoke from burning tobacco into your lungs? Is it ingesting nicotine, by whatever means? Is it being manipulated by the tobacco industry, in the
How to Dodge the Flu While You're Flying [VIDEO] We’re about to enter that perfect confluence of seasons that put you at risk of contracting the flu: holiday & travel season, and the flu season itself. Getting this season’s flu shot is important and should be at the top of your list. After you’ve done that, though, you can take other precautions to minimize your chances of being exposed to the influenza virus, especially if you’