Posts Tagged ‘smokers’

COPD Is Not the Whole Story

Posted by • May 11th, 2016

Many diagnostic guidelines use black or white parameters – either patients meet the criteria and have the disease, or they don’t. While guidelines like this can be useful for developing clear definitions, in practice many patients fall within a gray area. The current diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), for example, relies on spirometry… Read More…

Screening for Lung Cancer

Posted by • August 5th, 2011

The National Lung Screening Trial investigators report that persons undergoing three annual screening examinations with low-dose computed tomography had a 20% reduction in lung-cancer mortality as compared with those screened with annual chest radiography. The Original Article and accompanying editorial are available on NEJM.org. Even though the rate of heavy smoking continues to decline in the United… Read More…