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Bronchodilators Don’t Improve Smoking-Related Respiratory Symptoms in People Without COPD

September 6, 2022


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5-15 mins
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Presented by Michigan Medicine

Many people with COPD or COPD-like symptoms have been prescribed long-lasting inhalers for treatment, but is this the most viable option? Researchers at the University of Michigan, supported by the National Institutes of Health, have found that dual bronchodilators, long-lasting inhalers that relax the airways and make it easier to breathe, do little to help people who do not have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but who do have respiratory symptoms. MeiLan K. Han, M.D.,  chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan Health, discusses the medications that work and do not work, and the future of the research to lead to better treatment.

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