High blood eosinophils linked to declining lung function in COPD

Such patients do better with inhaled corticosteroids, study shows

Patients with mild to moderate COPD plus elevated eosinophils risk a more rapid decline in lung function after exacerbations than those with lower eosinophil counts, researchers say.

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But, in a prospective observational study published in Thorax, they have also found the decline can be mitigated if inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are used as part of maintenance therapy.

The research, funded by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and including employees as authors, drew on