Research Roundup

Debbie Rigby takes a look at the latest in research news

Update on Asthma–COPD Overlap

Clinical features of asthma and COPD may represent around 25% of patients with COPD and around 20% of patients with asthma. Asthma-COPD overlap results in more severe symptoms than asthma or COPD alone. patients with asthma-COPD overlap often experience more dyspnoea, wheezing and mucus production than patients with asthma or COPD.

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2021;16:1783-99.


Hospital admissions for cardiovascular complications of people with or without diabetes

Analysis of hospital admissions for cardiovascular complications of people with or without diabetes over a 15 year period shows a decline in admission rates for stroke for people with type 1 and 2 diabetes. For patients without diabetes, the decline was significant across earlier time periods. Aa decline in admissions for heart failure was seen for people with type 1 or 2 diabetes, and also for people without diabetes. Despite these improvements, admission rates for cardiovascular complications of people with diabetes remain relatively high.

MJA, Published online: 21 June 2021


Depression and anxiety as risk factors for heart disease and stroke

There is ample evidence from diverse populations to support depression and anxiety as CVD risk factors. In addition, depression and anxiety may lead to worse outcomes for patients with existing cardiovascular disease. This article suggests that primary care providers should screen for at-risk patients and provide patient education, emphasizing the mind–body connection to motivate patients to seek treatment.

Family Practice 2021;38(3):365-7.


Technologies for people living with type 1 diabetes

This consensus statement considers technologies for insulin delivery, glucose sensing and insulin dose advice that are commercially available in Australia. Technology should aim to assist the person with type 1 diabetes to reach individualised diabetes management goals. The working group consensus encourages and multidisciplinary approach to support and assist people with type 1 diabetes.

MJA, Published online: 21 June 2021

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