Top 10 Facts You Need To Know About COPD

Smoking Cigarettes and COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is one of the most serious conditions affecting people’s health today. And although the disease has been contracted by millions of Americans, many know very little about COPD, how it affects their health, or how to treat the illness.

If you or a loved one has contracted COPD, don’t lose hope – there are options available for treatment, and work is being done right now to find a cure.

If you’re unfamiliar with COPD, here are some important things you should know.

1. COPD Refers to Several Conditions

COPD is a broad term used to categorize conditions that limit a person’s breathing capacity, which gets progressively worse in the long term. The term ‘COPD’ includes progressive diseases such as emphysema, refractory asthma, and chronic bronchitis. Tobacco smoking is by far the most common cause of COPD, accounting for about 90 percent of COPD sufferers.

2. It is the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

COPD accounted for 147,101 deaths in 2014, according to the CDC, with only cancer and heart disease claiming more victims. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association, and millions more may suffer from COPD without yet knowing it.

3. All Forms of COPD Include Similar Symptoms

The main symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, a productive cough, fatigue, and sputum production, over a prolonged period. In its later stages, COPD sufferers may have difficulty climbing stairs or lifting objects they previously had no problem with.

4. COPD Can Affect More Than Just the Lungs

Because of mutual risk factors, COPD can result in an increased risk of heart disease, lung cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, and depression.

5. There is Currently No Cure for COPD

At this point, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is not curable. There are steps that someone diagnosed with COPD can take to slow its progression, but there is no cure at the present time.

6. Women are More Likely to be Misdiagnosed

Studies by the ALA have shown that women are more likely than men to contract COPD. Reasons for this could be doctors misdiagnosing them with asthma, smaller lungs, and the way estrogen interacts with nicotine.

7. Some Occupations May Put You at a Higher Risk

Most cases of COPD stem from smoking, but more than 16,000 workers die from job-related lung disease each year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some jobs with increased risk include construction, firefighting, textile manufacturing, transportation, and mining.

8. COPD Can be Managed

While there is no cure for COPD, its symptoms can be mitigated with oxygen treatment, anti-depressants, corticosteroids to deal with flare ups, and of course, quitting smoking.

9. Quitting Smoking After Diagnosis Can Still Help

While some sufferers of COPD believe it’s too late and they might as well keep lighting up, smoking cessation is the only method that has been shown to slow down the disease’s progression among smokers.

10. Testing is Going on Right Now to Find a Cure

Aventiv Research and other experts in the field are working incessantly to advance our understanding and treatment of COPD. Through clinical trials, we are seeking new drug therapies, ascertaining what contributes to COPD progression, and a number of other topics.

We are always in search of participants for these clinical trials, who are crucial to learning more about this devastating disease. Interested in becoming a volunteer for an Aventiv COPD clinical trial? Discover if you’d make a good fit for our study today.

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How to Cope with COPD – A Letter to the Doctor

Dear Dr. Arora,

Hello, I’m a 46-year-old mother of two in Columbus, OH. My husband, Chad, is 53 years old and was just recently diagnosed with COPD. Chad has worked in a fiber glass factory for the past 23 years and has smoked cigarettes since I can remember. Upon his recent diagnosis, we were told that smoking and breathing in toxic fumes over a long period are the two leading causes of COPD in adults today.

After leaving the doctor’s office with his new inhaler, he vowed to quit smoking and to be more careful at work by wearing a fume mask. Well, that lasted about a month and now he is back to smoking and doesn’t see COPD as a big deal at all. In fact, he just treats it as a bad cough rather than the debilitating lung disease that it is. He can hardly do anything with our children without wheezing for air and becoming very fatigued. I’ve done a ton of research and I know that male smokers are 12 times more likely to die from COPD than non-smokers. The thought of our children growing up without a father is something that keeps me up at night.

Do you have any advice for how I can better support my husband (and ease my fears) through this?

Worried Wife

Dear Worried,

I am terribly sorry to hear about your husband’s recent diagnosis. The state of Ohio has a 7.7% rate of COPD diagnoses and the rate is increasing day by day. While the inhaler is a great first step to take, if your husband is continuing to smoke it may not be as effective as it needs to be.

COPD is not a condition you can wish away. Soon the shortness of breath and fatigue could turn into emergency room visits and oxygen tanks if he continues the path he’s on. The best thing for the two of you to do is to educate yourselves on COPD and the complications that being diagnosed with it can have on the daily lives of yourselves and your children.

As I mentioned earlier, nearly 8% of our adults have been diagnosed with and are living with this complicated lung disease, so you are not alone. You can find comfort and hope in the fact that there are other options out there for him besides the typical steroid and oxygen treatments.

In fact, Aventiv Research, right there in Columbus, OH, has a COPD research study that they’re enrolling for right now. It may be in your family’s best interest to reach out to them today to see if he can qualify.

-Dr. Arora


Smoking and COPD


You’re at a fork in the road. You have the desire to quit but maybe not the self-control, or maybe you choose to justify your smoking as a social activity and minimize the heightened level of risk at which you’re putting your own health. Trust me, as a former smoker myself, I understand the predicament. It’s easy to want to quit but it certainly isn’t easy to do so. Do you need some added motivation? Here you go:

Smoking is far and away the largest preventable cause of death among Americans, and it’s not even close. As the leading cause of death in our country, smoking kills over 480,000 Americans every year – 41,000 of those deaths are from exposure to second hand smoke. That statistic alone should tell us something, this stuff is so bad for you that just being around it can greatly jeopardize your health.

Often people shrug off any coughing, wheezing, and fatigue as symptoms of just “getting older”, but these are early signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Eleven million Americans were diagnosed with COPD last year and there are millions of others unaware of their own diagnosis because they don’t know the warning signs. COPD is often not detected until much later, in its advanced stages. If you’re worried you may have COPD and want more info on its symptoms, follow this link for insight on a brand new clinical research trial that will help assist you on a path to better health.




If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, you probably don’t discuss it with many people.

The condition can cause embarrassing symptoms, some of which I’ve personally experienced firsthand. They can include weight gain, excessive hair growth on unwanted places like the lip and chin, as well as painful and irregular periods.

While I’m not ready to get pregnant yet, I know it will most likely affect my ability to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
The good news? If you are struggling with this condition, you’re not alone. 1 in 5 women have the condition and as more of us become vocal about our struggles, the support increases. The typical protocol for PCOS includes a cocktail of Metformin and other prescription medications to help manage insulin/glucose levels as well as to lower testosterone levels.

Many physicians also recommend birth control pills to regulate monthly cycles. Because excess hair growth is an issue for me, my doctor also prescribed Spironolactone.

While there are a variety of treatment options available, the need for new and more effective options is at an all-time high. Clinical trials for PCOS are now enrolling in the Columbus area and may be able to offer possible treatment options. For those of us not getting adequate relief from current medications, clinical trials could be a great way to try possible new medications.

You can also see a doctor at no cost and do not need health insurance to participate. If you have PCOS and are seeking a new option, check out this research opportunity:


Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!


Osteoarthritis aches and pains aren’t just limited to the elderly


When most people think of osteoarthritis, they imagine an elderly person with creaking knees and hips. While many arthritis sufferers are older, there are other factors that can contribute to the condition. To learn more about the causes of osteoarthritis, as well as a few potential treatment options, keep reading.
High impact activity can lead to OA.
Osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis, is commonly found in athletes. The impact of constant running and jumping can cause cartilage to deteriorate, exposing the joints that form at the ends of bones. Switching to aerobic activities with less impact, such as walking, swimming or tai chi, may help lessen OA symptoms.
Obesity and joint strain.
Many research studies have found a correlation between weight and osteoarthritis, specifically of the knee. Being overweight or obese causes significant strain on the joints. While there is currently no cure for OA, losing weight may help lessen the severity and recurrence of symptoms.

Treatments to try.
Physicians typically recommend over the counter pain medication, topical creams and physical therapy to initially address OA symptoms. As the severity progresses, prescribed pain medication, physical therapy and even surgery may be recommended. A new option for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee is now taking place in your area.
An exciting, new option for OA.
There is a clinical study taking place in your area for those who suffer with osteoarthritis.  Study participants will receive hands-on care from medical professionals and may receive a new investigational treatment for the condition. No insurance is needed, and compensation is provided. Click below to learn more.



Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!


Christmas Exchange Party with Habitat for Humanity Family

Earlier this September, Columbus and Dublin Clinical Research volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and had the wonderful experience of helping to build a family’s home. Continue reading “Christmas Exchange Party with Habitat for Humanity Family”

CCR Gives Back! Habitat for Humanity Project, 2013


Columbus Clinical Research has been looking forward to getting more involved with our community. The perfect opportunity for our staff to get involved was volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization that builds decent and affordable homes for people in need. Columbus Clinical Research was fortunate enough to help build the beginning stages of a home for an amazing and very deserving family.

Here is a gallery of photos from our volunteer day. Continue reading “CCR Gives Back! Habitat for Humanity Project, 2013”