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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.

MUC5AC Protein May Help Cause Thick, Sticky Mucus in Lungs

A mucus protein called MUC5AC may contribute to the abnormally thick and sticky mucus that develops in people with respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study shows. “MUC5AC seems to be crucial to the formation of stagnant, thicker mucus we see in pulmonary…

Repeat Lung Injury Depletes Stem Cell Pool There, May Promote COPD

Repeated lung injury increases the biological age of lung stem cells and progressively diminishes their regenerative abilities, according to a study in mice and lab-grown human cells. These findings suggest that such repeat damage contributes to the abnormal repair and tissue remodeling that characterizes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and…

Zephyr Valve Now Covered By 2 More Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans

Two additional Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans are now covering Pulmonx’s Zephyr Endobronchial Valve and similar devices to treat severe emphysema, a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With the addition of these two plans to similar previous policy decisions, valves will be now covered for the…

Renovion, COPD Foundation Partner on New Therapy to Clear Mucus

Renovion is teaming up with the COPD Foundation to develop a new nebulized therapy that aims to help clear mucus and reduce inflammation in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Phase 2 clinical trials of the investigational treatment, called  ARINA-1, are planned to…

Noninvasive Ventilation at Home May Reduce Risk of Hospitalization

Noninvasive ventilation at home, known as NIVH, can reduce the risk of hospitalization, emergency department visits, and death in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have trouble getting enough oxygen, new research indicates. NIVH is a breathing support technique given at home, using a face or nasal…

NIH Renews Grant to Research Mechanisms of COPD and IPF

A $12.8 million five-year renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund research that seeks to better understand the molecular mechanisms that drive chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases. The research also aims to increase understanding of how cigarette smoking affects the development…