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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Challenges and Opportunities in Federal Medicine

Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

SEATTLE — In pursuit of the twin goals of COPD treatment — maintaining maximum lung function and improving quality of life — military and VA clinicians customize a mix of therapies that range from recently approved medications to time-tested exercise. The new GOLD guidelines note that appropriate pharmacologic therapy can reduce COPD symptoms and reduce … Read More
Spirometry Touted as Best Way to Accurately Diagnose COPD
Test Results Also Valuable in Inspiring Smoking Cessation
SEATTLE — Spirometry remains the only recognized method of definitively diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but nearly two-thirds of patients with a COPD diagnosis have never had the test, according to VA research. DoD/VA guidelines recommend that providers evaluate any patient for COPD who has dyspnea, chronic … Read More
COPD Diagnosis/Staging Changed With New Global Guidelines

BETHESDA, MD — The leading guidelines for diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include significant new recommendations this year that promise to alter the way the disease is staged and treated worldwide. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) … Read More
Progress and Reform in the Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military’s love affair with tobacco may be officially over, but the federal healthcare system is still dealing with the aftermath, especially chronic conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The DoD now has an intense focus on smoking cessation, but that is a more recent development. Cigarettes were included in … Read More

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