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Respira’s Remote Device May Aid Timely Care for Lung Disorders

A new wearable device can remotely assess lung function in patients and, if federally approved, may help with the early diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and COVID-19. The wearable device, called Sylvee, is worn on the lower part of the rib cage and monitors…

Blowing Cool Air on Face Can Ease Breathlessness While Walking

A hand-held fan blowing air on the face eased breathlessness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during short periods of low-intensity walking exercise, a small study reports. “Our positive preliminary findings suggest that fan therapy merits further investigation in larger and more methodologically rigorous studies,” the researchers…

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…

Antibiotics in Combo Appear More Effective at Killing Bacteria in Lungs

A combination of antibiotics may be more effective at killing harmful bacteria in the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are having disease exacerbations, or flare-ups, than single-antibiotic therapies, a study based on a trial’s findings reports. However, the study found no difference between combination…

Wellinks Raises $25M to Boost Access to Its Digital Healthcare Tools

Wellinks, a digital healthcare company, has closed a $25-million funding round to expand access to its integrated, virtual management system for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It offers a combination of pulmonary rehabilitation with personalized coaching and monitoring through connected devices, such as the Flyp nebulizer, spirometer, and…

Dark-Field Chest X-rays Could Improve Diagnosis, Early Detection

Dark-field chest X-ray imaging provides greater detail of lung microstructure than standard chest X-rays, and allows for the accurate diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study shows. “In the future dark-field X-rays could help improve early detection of COPD and other respiratory ailments,” Alexander Fingerle, MD, of the…

Lace Up, Don Orange to Support COPD Awareness in November

Sporting the color orange and “lacing up” for patients, supporters nationwide are participating in COPD Awareness Month, observed each November to call attention to the lung disorder that affects nearly 16 million U.S. residents, with millions more undiagnosed. World COPD Day is Nov. 17. Awareness and education are crucial…