At Kern Allergy and Medical Research, we currently have four COPD trials. We offer both
biologic and inhaler trials. . Each clinical trial is designed to find specific end results. If you or a
loved one has COPD, you may be interested in one of our new, no-cost research COPD
Study Participant Requirements:
– At least 40 years of age
– Must have been diagnosed with COPD for at least one year.
– Have at least a 10 pack smoking history
Qualified participants will receive at no cost:
– Investigational drug for asthma
– Study-related care from our doctors
– Compensation for your travel and time
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease, usually caused by smoking, in
which the airways of the lungs narrow over time making it difficult to breathe. The narrowing of
the lungs limits airflow, causing shortness of breath (dyspnea).
COPD is often a mix of two diseases:
Chronic bronchitis. In chronic bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs (bronchial
tubes) get inflamed and make a lot of mucus. This can narrow or block the airways,
making it hard for you to breathe.
Emphysema. In a healthy person, the tiny air sacs in the lungs are like balloons. As you
breathe in and out, they get bigger and smaller to move air through your lungs. But with
emphysema, these air sacs are damaged and lose their stretch. Less air gets in and out
of the lungs, which makes you feel short of breath.
Causes and Symptoms
COPD is almost always caused by smoking. Over time, breathing tobacco smoke irritates the airways and destroys the stretchy fibers in the lungs.
Other things that may put you at risk include breathing chemical fumes, dust, or air pollution over a long period of time. Secondhand smoke is also bad.
It usually takes many years for the lung damage to start causing symptoms, so COPD is most common in people who are older than 60.
You may be more likely to get COPD if you had a lot of serious lung infections when you were a child.
The main symptoms of COPD are:
A long-lasting (chronic) cough
Mucus that comes up when you cough
Shortness of breath that gets worse when you exercise
As COPD gets worse, you may be short of breath even when you do simple things like get dressed or fix a meal. It gets harder to eat or exercise, and breathing takes much more energy. People often lose weight and get weaker.
At times, your symptoms may suddenly flare up and get much worse. This is called a COPD exacerbation. An exacerbation can range from mild to life-threatening. The longer you have COPD, the more severe these flare-ups will be.