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This series of podcasts are intended for healthcare professionals only.

The Medical Insider COPD podcast series discusses hot topics in the world of COPD with those who know it best, aiming to spread information, debunk myths and improve the lives of patients. The Editorial Board of the Medical Insider COPD podcast is comprised of Professor James Chalmers, the British Lung Foundation Chair of Respiratory Research at the University of Dundee (UK), Professor Michael Dreher, the Head of the Department of Pneumology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Aachen (Germany), and the host and moderator, Dr Richard Russell, a Consultant Chest Physician at Lymington New Forest Hospital (UK), a Senior Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford (UK) and the founding editor of the International Journal of COPD. 

These podcasts have not been peer-reviewed, but have been vetted by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

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Is two better than one? Early optimisation with dual bronchodilation in COPD

Filetype: MP3 - Size: 18.4MB - Duration: 22:21mins

Professor Dave Singh joins Dr Richard Russell to explore the benefits of using dual bronchodilation versus monobronchodilation in patients with COPD.1 They will explain the impact of breathlessness and physical inactivity on patients,2,3 as well as what the clinical guidelines recommend in terms of initial and follow-up treatment for COPD.1,4 A new publication focusing on the long-term effects of pulmonary rehabilitation in elderly patients will be highlighted by Dr Russell,5 followed by a review of the impact of biomass fuel on COPD, a current hot topic on social media.

1 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Updated 2022. Available here. Last accessed: November 2021;
2 Troosters T, et al. Respir Med 2010;104:1005–1011;
3 Waschki B, et al. Chest 2011;140:331–342;
4 Nici L, et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2020;201:e56–e59;
5 Gephine S, et al. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis 2020;15:2505–2514.

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The use of ICS in COPD: Discussing new European Respiratory Society Guidelines

Filetype: MP3 - Size: 22.3MB - Duration: 22:45mins

In this episode of the Medical Insider COPD podcast, join Dr Richard Russell and Professor James Chalmers as they discuss the implications of the recent European Respiratory Society Guidelines on COPD patient care.1 Listen as the experts debate the use of inhaled corticosteroids and discuss who is most likely to benefit from their withdrawal. 1 Dr Russell also shares highlights from a publication about patients’ healthcare system encounters before they receive a COPD diagnosis.2 Finally, Dr Russell delves into a hot social media topic, looking at the implications that diet and nutrition can have for patients with COPD.

1. Chalmers JD, et al. Eur Respir J 2020;55:2000351;
2. Johnson KM, et al. Thorax 2020;75:108–115.

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