World COPD Day: Recent updates on risk, treatment, guidance and more – Healio

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November 17 is World COPD Day, which aims to raise awareness of COPD worldwide.
Recent updates and news on COPD covered by Healio include a study that highlighted a decrease in COPD admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic; a look at how short trainings may improve COPD inhaler technique; new USPSTF recommendations on COPD screening; and more.
Read these articles, and others, below, in no particular order.
Female nurses who worked in the operating rooms for 15 years or more had an increased risk for developing COPD compared with nurses who never worked in an OR, according to data published in JAMA Network Open. Read more
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a new draft recommendation in which it continues to recommend against screening for COPD in people without signs or symptoms. Read more
Warmer weather was associated with worsening COPD symptoms, as early as 2 days after a rise in ambient temperature, in adults with COPD, according to new data presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society International Congress. Read more
COPD admissions significantly decreased following the implementation of public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data published in the American Journal of Medicine. Read more
High genetic risk and preexisting COPD are both independently associated with increased risk for severe COVID-19, researchers reported in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Read more
In a new study, a high proportion of patients with COPD used their pressurized metered dose inhalers incorrectly, but inhaler techniques improved with short trainings in the clinic. Read more
Paradoxical bronchospasm is rare and is not generally reported in spirometry test results of U.S. veterans with COPD or asthma, researchers reported at the CHEST Annual Meeting. Read more
Younger adults with COPD have elevated rates of health care utilization and excess mortality. Read more
Portable air cleaners improved respiratory outcomes among former smokers with COPD, with the greatest benefit found in those with greater adherence and those who spent more time indoors, according to results of the CLEAN AIR STUDY. Read more
Researchers reported nine air pollutants and meteorological factors are associated with an increase in the incidence of COPD exacerbations, for a lag time of up to 10 days. Read more

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