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By Peter Barnes, John R. Britton, Gordon Christie, Graham Devereux, J. Graham Douglas, Daryl Freeman, J

Persistent obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is a standard challenge encountered in either fundamental and secondary care and contributes to a sizeable workload for clinical practitioners in district basic hospitals, instructing hospitals (about 10% of health facility admission) and the neighborhood. COPD remedy often includes a few multidisciplinary staff individuals; this sequence of articles will be of curiosity to a wide variety of individuals.

The ABC of COPD offers simply available, trustworthy details outlining the aetiology, normal heritage, analysis and present proof dependent administration of COPD. therapy ideas are in accordance with great directions released in 2004 for the administration of COPD.

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An antibody that blocks interleukin 8 also seems to be largely ineffective. Oxidative stress is increased in COPD, particularly as the disease becomes more advanced and during exacerbations. Oxidative stress amplifies inflammation and may result in corticosteroid resistance, and is therefore an important target for future treatment. Currently available antioxidants are not effective, and more potent and stable antioxidants—such as analogues of superoxide dismutase—are now in development. Protease inhibitors Several proteases—such as elastases, which are implicated in alveolar destruction—might be targeted to treat patients with COPD who have marked emphysema.

BMJ 2003;327:523-8 x Davies CL. ABC of palliative care: Breathlessness, cough, and other respiratory symptoms. BMJ 1997;315:931-4 Daryl Freeman is clinical research fellow and David Price is professor in the department of general practice and primary care, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill Health Centre, Aberdeen. The ABC of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is edited by Graeme P Currie, specialist registrar in the Respiratory Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen. The series will be published as a book by Blackwell Publishing in autumn 2006.

Chest 2006;129:1531-9. com on 12 March 2007 Practice ABC of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Future treatments This is the last in a series of 12 articles Peter J Barnes The challenge of drug development Only recently has there been much research into the molecular and cell biology of COPD in order to identify new therapeutic targets. There are several reasons why drug development in COPD is fraught with difficultly, but significant progress is being been made, and several new therapeutic strategies are now in the preclinical and clinical stages of development.

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