Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

Tezepelumab may reduce COPD exacerbations, trial data suggests

Tezepelumab, which is approved for severe asthma, tended to reduce the frequency of exacerbations in adults with moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). That’s according data from the international, proof-of-concept Phase 2a COURSE clinical trial (NCT04039113) that included 337 COPD patients irrespective of emphysema, chronic…

Kaia COPD app approved in Germany and covered by insurance

Kaia Health’s smartphone app, designed to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) manage their breathing symptoms at home, can now be prescribed by medical providers in Germany and is covered by statutory health insurance in that country, the company announced. The app, called Kaia COPD, offers…

Hospital admission rates for COPD, asthma increase by 59% in UK

Hospital admission rates for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma increased by 59.1% in England and Wales between 1999 and 2020, a 21-year follow-up study reported. COPD accompanied by acute lower respiratory infection accounted for 38.7% of hospital admissions, and more than half of admitted patients…

Inflammatory Markers in Blood May Help ID COPD Outcomes Risk

Measuring inflammatory markers during routine blood tests in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could acute exacerbations at risk of experiencing worse outcomes, according to a small literature review study. Specifically, the researchers suggest measuring the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) — an indicator of systemic or body-wide inflammation. The…

AstraZeneca Acquires Global Rights to C4XD’s NRF2 Activator Program

AstraZeneca has acquired the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize C4X Discovery’s oral NRF2 activator for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other inflammatory and respiratory diseases. The activator program aims to harness the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of NRF2 in these conditions, although COPD will be…