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Prevalence of COPD Greater Than Thought
Date:8/30/2007

hat people born with poorer lung function continue having breathing problems up to age 22.

This is "a process that could be impaired in utero by both genetic and environmental factors. Among these factors, maternal smoking during pregnancy has been consistently associated with poor lung function in both infants and older children," Martinez's team concluded.

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For more on COPD, visit the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.



SOURCES: A. Sonia Buist, M.D., chief, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; Norman Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer, American Lung Association, New York City; Sept. 1, 2007, The Lancet


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