10 March 2011

Smokers' lungs at risk of many diseases

New research has shown that tobacco usage can cause more problems to the lung than just emphysema or COPD.

A sizable minority of smokers and former-smokers develop lung conditions that reduce lung capacity, but leave them less likely to have either emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research shows.

Even though CT scans shouldn't become a routine screening method for smokers and ex-smokers, the authors of the paper are hoping that these findings will spur more research into ways to identify people at risk.


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