8/2/2011

The American College of Physicians and three other health associations issued new guidelines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, saying smoking cessation is still key against the condition. The groups also advised the use of spirometry for diagnosis only among symptomatic patients. Inhaled beta-agonists, anticholinergics and corticosteroids are recommended for symptomatic patients with FEV1 measures of less than 60%.

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