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COPD

23 February 2011

Higher shingles risk for COPD patients

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be at higher than average risk for shingles, a study published Tuesday suggests.

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be at higher than average risk for shingles, a study published Tuesday suggests.

COPD involves widespread inflammation in the body and dys-regulation of the immune system, explained Dr Ya-Wen Yang of Taipei Medical University, the lead researcher on the study. That may explain the higher vulnerability to shingles, Dr Yang said in an email to Reuters Health.

 

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