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Pop Quiz: Coughing With Sputum as a COPD Symptom
Cough with sputum production is a symptom of COPD that may precede the development of airflow limitation for many years. Do you know what percentage of patients with COPD have cough with sputum production?

Bronchial Thermoplasty in Severe Persistent Asthma: Critical Observations in Pulmonary Medicine, Ep. 4
In this episode, Dr. Albert Rizzo interviews Geoffrey Chupp, MD, on his team’s research titled "Bronchial Thermoplasty in Patients with Severe Asthma at 5 years: Post-FDA Approval Clinical Trial Evaluating Bronchial Thermoplasty in Severe Persistent Asthma Study." Dr Chupp speaks about the efficacy, safety results, challenges, and controversies of the therapy.

Improving Outcomes of Severe Adult Asthma: Critical Observations in Pulmonary Medicine, Ep. 5
In this episode, Dr. Rizzo interviews Sally E. Wenzel, MD, to discuss her review titled “Severe Adult Asthmas: Integrating Clinical Features, Biology, and Therapeutics,” examining comorbidities (including those that could mimic severe asthma) pulmonary function testing, and biomarker assessments.

New USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Improve Representation of Black Patients
“Expansion of screening criteria is a critical first step to achieving equity in [lung cancer screening] for all high-risk populations, but myriad challenges remain before individuals enter the door for screening,” the researchers noted. “Health policy changes must occur simultaneously with efforts to expand community outreach, overcome logistical barriers, and facilitate screening adherence.”

Uncontrolled Asthma: A Woman With Worsening Cough, Dyspnea, and Wheezing
A 21-year-old woman with a history of childhood asthma, presented to your office with worsening dyspnea, cough, and wheezing. Previously, her symptoms were controlled with as-needed albuterol alone, that she needed twice a month at most. Symptoms worsened over the last 2 months after she relocated to your area. Your physical examination was remarkable for a prolonged expiratory phase with scattered wheezes and tachycardia. Spirometry revealed a preserved FEV1 (>80% predicted). Her fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) was elevated at 65 parts per billion. How would you treat her?