Commonly prescribed antibiotic reduces acute COPD attacks – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is the third leading cause of death in the US. NIH’s Dr. James Kiley explains, a new study shows adding a common antibiotic to usual daily treatment can reduce flare-ups which are sudden onsets of worsened symptoms, including cough, wheeze, and labored breathing.
Kiley: This is a very important finding because it's a first time that we've been able to show on a large clinical trial that adding this antibiotic to usual care treatment regimen improves overall quality of life, reduces symptoms, and keeps people out of the hospital.
Narrator: For more information on this study, and COPD, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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