January 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 25, 2016 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched its fifth year of ads featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases. The newest ads in the Tips from Former Smokers campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking. These ads will run for 20 weeks on television, radio, billboards, online, and in magazines and newspapers.

Over 30 people have offered their voice and story to the Tips campaign since 2012. Each real story represents thousands and thousands of Americans affected by similar illnesses caused by smoking. Ads also highlight the benefits of quitting for loved ones, and the importance of quitting cigarettes completely, not just cutting down. They encourage smokers to call 1-800-QUIT NOW, a toll-free number to access free quitting support across the country, or to visit www.cdc.gov/tips to view the personal stories from the campaign and for free help quitting.

For more information on the campaign, including profiles of the former smokers, links to the ads, and free quit help, visit www.cdc.gov/tips.

January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 12, 2016 -The COPD Foundation (COPDF) would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Califf on the unanimous approval of his nomination for FDA commissioner by the Senate HELP Committee. COPDF thanks Chariman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and the committee for moving the nomination process to the full Senate, and encourages the immediate confirmation of Dr. Califf for the position.

A seasoned leader, the COPD Foundation believes Dr. Califf will effectively serve patient communities across the country while improving the FDA’s drug approval process. His extensive experience will serve as a significant resource in strengthening the stakeholder and patient relationship. The Foundation has joined 50 healthcare organizations urging his immediate confirmation by the Senate.

December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 18, 2015 - The COPD Foundation today announced they have been awarded the 2015 Aesculapius Award for excellence in health communication by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, president and founder of the Health Improvement Institute. The Aesculapius Award of Excellence is given to organizations that excel in providing health information to the public via web communications. Each year, a panel of judges who represent healthcare, web publishing, and multimedia fields evaluate entries and select one website and one public service announcement to receive the top prize. Recipient of the 2015 Award of Excellence for health-related websites was the COPD Foundation for their entry of www.COPD360social.org.

“COPD360social was developed to serve our community as a one-stop-shop for all things related to COPD,” said John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “We have seen tremendous growth since our launch in November 2014, with 10,000 new members connecting and providing one another with guidance and support. The site not only provides our members with unique access to experts and free educational material, but a respite from the social isolation that is pervasive in the COPD population. We are pleased to receive this distinction from the Health Improvement Institute and will continue to leverage online communications tools to serve the COPD community.”

December 11, 2015

ALISO VIEJO, CA - December 10, 2015 - Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, today announced that the COPD Foundation, the only U.S. healthcare nonprofit dedicated to preventing and curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), has selected Predixion and Carolinas HealthCare System to deliver the world’s first program to predict and prevent hospital readmissions for COPD patients with co-morbidities. A respiratory disease affecting approximately 30 million people in the U.S., COPD is the third leading cause of death in the country with one of the highest rates of unplanned hospital readmissions.

December 07, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 7, 2015 – The COPD Foundation is pleased to announce that its online social community, COPD360social, exceeded 10K registrations in its first year. Launched on November 19, 2014, the site was developed in an effort to serve as a comprehensive platform for patients, caregivers, providers, and friends in the COPD community. The website is a part of the Foundation’s aim to utilize technology to better understand the patient experience from a holistic perspective.

COPD360social provides users an opportunity to connect, educate, and inspire others. The site allows users an unprecedented opportunity to chat with respiratory professionals, access the COPD Foundation’s free educational materials, and contribute to blog entries. Members are also able to use the site as a social outlet by creating a user profile, adding other users as “friends,” exchanging messages, and posting status updates. Local in-person events, support group listings, and pulmonary rehabilitation resources are also provided on the platform.

“It is a well-known fact that individuals with COPD often feel isolated due to the physical restrictions related to their disease. It is crucial for those living with COPD to have the opportunity to befriend others who experience shared challenges, learn more about their disease, and contribute to research for a cure,” said William Clark, Senior Director of Outreach Programs and Community Moderator. In addition to the community features, the COPD Foundation is proud to offer a wealth of free educational materials as well as exclusive access to patient advocates, healthcare providers and top experts in the field through the COPD360social online network.

November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 30, 2015 – The COPD Foundation today announced the launch of the StopCOPD app, a powerful new tool to enable patients to participate in the COPD Patient-Powered Research Network (COPD PPRN), a lung health research study aiming to enroll over 75,000 individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or those at risk who have agreed to share their health information and the impact the disease has on their lives.

StopCOPD uses the new ResearchKitTM software framework designed by Apple® to make it easier for researchers to gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. ResearchKit enables participants to easily complete tasks or submit surveys right from the StopCOPD app and delivers a simple way to present participants with an interactive informed consent process.

“I am extremely pleased we are able to introduce the StopCOPD app. We are constantly looking for ways to engage, empower, and inform both the patient and research community and this platform enables us to reach an even greater number of people than ever before using the most advanced and sophisticated technology” said John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation and principal investigator for the COPD PPRN. He continued, “Many leading research institutions have created apps with ResearchKit in the areas of asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. We are delighted that we are able to offer a new app for COPD, a lung disease which is the third leading cause of death in America.”

November 20, 2015

The COPD Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Air Affair Benefit awardees for their extraordinary commitment to COPD awareness and the advancement of a COPD cure. The following individuals and organizations were recognized at the Air Affair held in New York City on World COPD Day, November 18, 2015.

AstraZeneca - The COPD Innovations Award

The COPD Foundation recognizes AstraZeneca for their exceptional support of the COPD360 initiative and digital platform. COPD360 will eventually combine patient-reported outcomes, clinical data, electronic medical records and observational research into one of the largest COPD research networks ever assembled. By building this broad understanding of the disease, the Foundation will uncover new opportunities for academic and industry researchers to identify new treatments that could lead to a cure.

David and Julie Knight - The COPD Trailblazer Award

The world lost a legendary figure in February 2015 with the passing of Leonard Nimoy. An individual living with COPD, Nimoy raised public awareness about the disease and the dangers of smoking. His daughter Julie Nimoy with her husband David Knight are in the process of creating a documentary titled “COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy” to highlight his legacy as well as his efforts to fight the disease that so tragically took his life.

November 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 18, 2015 – The COPD Foundation today unveiled the results of the completed Faces of COPD Mosaic, a nationwide photo mosaic initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of disease education for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Throughout November during COPD Awareness Month, the Foundation and AstraZeneca engaged with the COPD community to develop this photo mosaic, which showcases those living with the disease through the collection of photos of patients living with COPD. The mosaic represents the more than 14 million people diagnosed with COPD in the United States, and the estimated 12 million people who remain undiagnosed.

Commemorating World COPD Day, the completed mosaic is live on the Foundation’s website and will be on display in physician offices throughout the country, encouraging patients with COPD to take proactive steps in talking with their doctor on how to best manage their symptoms. COPD is estimated to cause about 700,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States, and although treatable, it is the third leading cause of death among Americans.

“The COPD Foundation remains committed to improving the quality of life of those impacted by COPD, through research and disease education,” says John Walsh, President and Co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “We are thrilled to share the results of our collaboration with AstraZeneca around this patient centric initiative. Together, we hope to inspire people living with COPD to take action to improve their respiratory health.”

Faces of COPD is a disease awareness program established by the COPD Foundation in 2008, with the intent to put a “face” to the disease, connect those affected by COPD with a community to engage in important disease awareness conversations and build a strong focus around respiratory health. This year’s Faces of COPD Mosaic initiative was developed by AstraZeneca.

November 09, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 9, 2015 – The COPD Foundation in partnership with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) today announced the launch of a new video series, Reel COPD, to share the first-hand stories of patients and their caregivers as they cope with COPD. The first three videos in the series are now live on COPDTogether.com, and highlight the existing tools and resources available to patients and caregivers.

The COPD Foundation and Sunovion initiated COPD Together in 2013 to empower and educate caregivers about managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The three new videos collectively share the real-life insights of more than a dozen patients and caregivers, providing inspiration and guidance for others faced with managing the challenges of COPD.

“As November is both National Family Caregiver and COPD Awareness Month, we feel it is an opportune time to focus on the instrumental role that COPD caregivers play,” said John W. Walsh, President and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “We will continue to build partnerships and implement campaigns that make an impact, encourage caregivers and patients to share their personal stories, and overcome day-to-day challenges.”

To learn more, please visit Sunovion’s website at www.sunovion.com.

November 09, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 9, 2015 - The COPD Foundation today announced a tweet chat with the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to raise awareness and education of COPD. Happening today at noon Eastern, the chat will pose and discuss questions as it relates to COPD management, optimal treatment outcomes, and improving the patient/physician dialogue. To participate in the tweet chat, participants can use the hashtag #COPDChat on Twitter.

COPD is a growing problem in the U.S. and in one decade has risen from the fourth leading cause of death to the third, after heart disease and cancer. Although COPD is not curable, it is important for patients to understand that it is both manageable and treatable. Through early discussions with a primary care physician or pulmonologist, it is possible for patients to receive early diagnosis and begin building proper nutrition, exercise and treatment plans unique to their lifestyle and favorable for decreased disease progression.

5.5 percent of U.S. health costs are spent on chronic lung disease with a total of $49.9 billion annual costs accounting for COPD alone. Additionally, 26 percent of U.S. respondents reported visiting the emergency room with 17 percent having been hospitalized in 2014.

During the #COPDChat, GSK, AARC and the COPD Foundation will be joined by knowledgeable healthcare providers, eager and ready to discuss expert information on COPD and how to better manage the disease so patients are able to maintain a healthy and comfortable quality of life.

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