Prednisolone Novel Endpoint Study in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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Prednisolone will be used as a model medication to identify new clinical outcomes for future evaluation of new therapies in short-term studies (up to 4 weeks) in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
lung function tests using a system called Impulse oscillometry (IOS). CT scans to measure the thickness of the tubes in the lungs Blood, sputum and breath samples to measure chemical products in the lungs and body that relate to COPD
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Traditional lung function tests & Symptom Questionnaires
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Ages Eligible for Study:
40 Years to 80 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
An established clinical history of COPD
Evidence of bronchitis
Current or ex-smoker
COPD exacerbation requiring steroid and/or antibiotics in the last month
Taking oral or inhaled steroids for more than 14 days in the last 6 months
Unable to withhold salbutamol/albuterol for a 6 hour period
History of alcohol, substance or drug abuse within the last year.
Other significant medical condition e.g. diabetes
Cancer that has not been in complete remission for at least 5 years
As a result of the medical interview, physical examination or screening investigations, that the doctor considers the subject unfit for the study.