COPD’s Unmet Milestones Discussed at 2016 REG Summit

COPD’s Unmet Milestones Discussed at 2016 REG Summit
During this year’s Respiratory Effectiveness Group (REG) Summit (2016 REG Summit), researchers from around the globe highlighted the urgent need for more research into current therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to a news release, this concern is in line with the announcement by members of the World Health Organization (WHO) who stated that in 2012 alone, three million people died from COPD. Dr. Alan Kaplan (Ontario, Canada), the REG Summit's plenary speaker, discussed the potential of precision medicine — a novel concept for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account an individual genomic landscape, environment, and lifestyle — to achieve higher efficiency in COPD patient management. This approach will allow patients to receive therapeutics tailored to their specific clinical and personal characteristics. Presenting the results of the study titled “Effect of beta blockers on the Risk of COPD exacerbations,” Lies Lahousse discussed the potential of beta-blockers used as a treatment for stress or heart problems, such as high blood pressure and angina, as a potential treatment for COPD as well. Worsening of symptoms, including increased breathlessness, activity limitation and reduced quality of life, are an outcome of COPD exacerbations. While beta-blockers may tighten the muscles in the airways, this study reported benefits when used by COPD patients. Looking into health records of 1,621 COPD patients from the Rotterdam Stu
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