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Exercise Limitations in COPD — More Inhalers?
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Exercise Limitations in COPD — More Inhalers?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is defined by airway obstruction and alveolar damage caused by exposure to noxious air particles. The physiologic results include varying degrees of gas-exchange abnormality and mechanical respiratory limitation, often in the form of dynamic hyperinflation. There's a third major contributor, though ─ dyspnea. That's right, skeletal muscle deconditioning. Only one of these abnormalities responds to inhalers. When your patients with COPD report dyspnea or exercise intolerance, what do you do? Do you attempt to determine its character to pinpoint its origin? Do you quiz them about their baseline activity levels to quantify their conditioning? I bet you get right to the point and order a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). That way...
PCORI approves $258 million funding to support 26 new health care-related studies
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PCORI approves $258 million funding to support 26 new health care-related studies

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved funding awards totaling $258 million to support 26 new research studies. These studies aim to fill evidence gaps and improve health care decision making for a range of high-burden conditions among adults and children, including asthma, bone fractures, migraines, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and sinus infections. Five comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies focus on improving mental health and another four CER studies focus on heart conditions, which have both continued to worsen in the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, PCORI today announced about $3.9 million for two projects that aim to promote wider, faster adoption of useful findings from completed PCOR...