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COPD

09 September 2011

One in four could develop COPD

Researchers found that one out of every four people 35 and older is likely to develop COPD, which they called "one of the most deadly, prevalent and costly chronic diseases."

People are at much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than previously thought, according to a new study.

The researchers, from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, used health data on 13 million people ranging in age from 35 to 80 years old to determine the lifetime risk of developing the condition. Over the course of 14 years, 579,466 cases of COPD were diagnosed.

 

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