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COPD and beneficial use of inhaled steroids

Incidence of death in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers was decreased with use of inhaled corticosteroid medication over a study period of 2 years. Inhaled steroids have previously proven helpful in treating asthma, an airway disease with a different cause, which lead experts to believe that similar therapy for COPD would not be effective. However, several studies have shown that inhaled steroid therapy decreased mortality rates in COPD patients by 25%. Steroids act to decrease inflammation in the body.

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About: COPD and beneficial use of inhaled steroids

Date: 30 November 2005

Source: Reuters Health

Author: Graciela Flores

URL: http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-11-30T162526Z_01_FLE059109_RTRUKOC_0_US-STEROIDS-MORTALITY.xml

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