Supplement: Taking the Bite out of COPD

Taking the Bite out of COPD By Jack Lucentini ARTICLE EXTRAS Innovative Technology Technology Roundup Greater Philadelphia Innovation --> Bristol Myers-Squibb Rutgers-Camden Institute Neuronetics Absorption Systems University of Pennsylvania Tengion Kimmel Cancer Center Orphagenix BioNanomatrix In dry medical jargon, it's called an exacerbation. For the patients, it's a frightening, wrenching assault on the body that som

Jack Lucentini
Jan 1, 2008
Taking the Bite out of COPD
By Jack Lucentini

In dry medical jargon, it's called an exacerbation. For the patients, it's a frightening, wrenching assault on the body that some liken to drowning. It happens to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and consists of a rapid or sudden worsening of the condition's symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, and mucus buildup. Gerard Criner, professor of medicine of Temple University School of Medicine, has an idea to ease the burden - not through any new treatments as such, but by means of handheld computers or cell phones.

An exacerbation is "the equivalent of a heart attack for people who have COPD," Criner says. Most patients, however, fail to call their doctors as signs...

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