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COPD

25 October 2010

Pollution ups lung disease risk

A new study says long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution could increase the risk of developing severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A new study from Denmark says long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution could increase the risk of developing severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Andersen and colleagues analysed data to compare air pollution exposure and COPD incidence among more than 52,000 people, ages 50 to 64, who lived in Copenhagen and Aarhus (the two largest cities in Denmark). They found a "significant" association between long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution and COPD, even after they accounted for smoking status and other factors that affect COPD risk.

 

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