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Study examines reason for COPD in women


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The growing prevalence of COPD in women is due to changes in smoking trends, work hazards and, possibly, hormones, according to a new study published in Translational Research.

In brief:Brightree buys MedAct, OIG releases strategic plan


ATLANTA – Brightree has acquired McKinney, Texas-based MedAct, adding 330 HME providers to its customer base.

NIH finds communication a barrier to COPD treatment


BETHESDA, Md. - To more effectively treat COPD, patients and their doctors need to have open, detailed conversations, a web-based study by the National Institutes of Health has found.

In brief: NGS details reasons for denials, TiLite shakes up representation


INDIANAPOLIS – Prior authorization requests submitted as part of the PMD demo are being denied because of conflicting information in face-to-face exams and other medical records, and insufficient face-to-face exam information, National Government Services (NGS) announced in a recent bulletin.

Involve community pharmacists in COPD care, study says


OXFORD, England - COPD patients working with community pharmacists stick with their medications and have improved inhalation techniques, a recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests.

Yoga may help lung function in COPD patients, study says


CHICAGO – People turn to yoga for relaxation, strength and flexibility, but according to a recent study, the ancient practice may have another benefit—improving lung function in COPD patients.

In brief: Drive secures loan, Medtrade recognizes best


BETHESDA, Md. – Drive Medical is refinancing existing debt and supporting ongoing capital and growth needs with a $115 million loan, according to financing administrator GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.

COPD market forecast to hit $15.6 billion by 2019


LONDON – The $11.3 billion COPD market is expected to reach a value of $15.6 billion by 2019, according to a recently released GBI Research report.

Non-smokers have fewer symptoms, milder COPD


COPENHAGEN – People who have never smoked can develop COPD, but they experience fewer symptoms, less inflammation and a milder form of the disease than do former and current smokers with the condition, according to a recent study.

European COPD, lung cancer cases expected to rise, report says


LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Rates of COPD and lung cancer are expected to rise across Europe in the next two decades, the European Respiratory Society said in a report released Sept. 5.