Author Archives: Margarida Maia PhD

Simple, Low-cost Tests May Help Identify Undiagnosed COPD in China

Low-cost screening involving a questionnaire and a breathing test may help identify patients with undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study conducted in China has found. Among the combinations tested, the Chinese symptom-based questionnaire (C-SBQ) combined with microspirometry — a test that measures how much air a patient…

Hemoglobin May Be Promising Biomarker of Clinical Outcomes

Hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in blood, may be a promising biomarker to assess the clinical outcomes of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a large U.S.-based study has found. The findings indicate that unusually high or low levels of hemoglobin were linked to worse clinical outcomes.

Study Pushes for Better Dental Care in Brazil for COPD Patients

Dental care in Brazil needs to be more accessible to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and integrated into their primary care to better tackle the impact of the disease in the country, a study suggests. “Our research indicates that incorporating preventative oral health into COPD management and…

Study of Lung Health Among Blacks Earns CHEST Foundation Grant

Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have been awarded a $30,000 CHEST Foundation Research Grant to study racial differences in lung health among smokers, with an emphasis on African Americans. Lung function is an important health indicator and can be compromised by various factors,…

Study Identifies COPD Complications That Increase Patient Risk

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who have worse lung function and prior history of acidotic hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) are more likely to develop hypercapnia, defined as excessive carbon dioxide (CO2) in the bloodstream, a new study has found. The study, “Development and Relevance of Hypercapnia in…