Tag Archives: COPD

Don’t let COPD take your breath away | Local

Each November, health care providers and the community come together to promote a better understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that affects millions of people across the country. Increasing awareness about COPD and its symptoms is important, because early diagnosis and treatment can improve a person’s quality of life. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more women than men. While tobacco smoke is the primary cause of this disease, one in four people with COPD […]

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November is COPD Awareness Month – L’Observateur

November is COPD Awareness Month (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), the third leading cause of death by disease in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association, affecting some 6.8% of Louisiana residents – higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Louisiana ranks as the sixth worst state in terms of the prevalence of COPD diagnosis for people over 18 years of age, according to U.S. News and World Report. In 2017, 16.4% of Louisiana smokers had COPD, while 11.2% of former […]

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Gene polymorphisms combined with smoking on COPD risk

Introduction Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the most prevalent non-communicable respiratory disease and the third leading cause of mortality worldwide.1 According to WHO estimates, there were 3.23 million COPD deaths in 2019, corresponding to 6% of all deaths worldwide. More than 80% of COPD deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.2 The prevalence and burden of COPD are expected to increase in the coming decades due to smoking, air pollution, and other factors in low and middle-income countries.3 The development of COPD involves a complex interplay […]

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