Author Archives: Inês Martins PhD

Airway Hyperreactivity Test May Identify COPD Patients with Asthma Overlap

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who exhibit asthma symptoms may have poorer outcomes than other COPD patients, according to a study developed by researchers at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. The study, “Airway hyperresponsiveness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A marker of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap…

Opioid Use in Older COPD Patients Can Worsen Prognosis

Treating older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with opioids may not be the best idea. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto, Canada, have shown that new opioid users have up to five times higher risk of death than non-opioid users. The findings were published recently in the…

Triple Combination Therapy Shows Promise in COPD; Superior to Symbicort/Turbohaler Therapies

GlaxoSmithKline and Innoviva announced positive data from the Phase 3 FULFIL clinical trial evaluating their investigational triple combination therapy with fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol (FF/UMEC/IV) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). FULFIL is a randomized, double-blind, multicenter study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a daily dose of the FF/UMEC/IV…