Navigation Links
Risk for COPD Higher Than Thought: Study
Date:9/8/2011

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- People are at much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than previously thought, according to a new study.

Canadian 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." COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and the overall risk for developing it surpasses that of heart failure as well as breast and prostate cancer.

"Our novel findings draw attention to the huge burden of COPD on society... and can be used to combat the disease [and] justify the continuation of smoking cessation programs," the study's authors wrote in a news release from The Lancet, which published the results in a special European Respiratory Society issue.

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.

The research found that the average 35-year-old woman is more than three times as likely to get COPD than breast cancer during her lifetime, and the average 35-year-old man is at more than three times greater risk for COPD than prostate cancer.

The study also pointed out that males, people living in rural areas or those with lower socioeconomic status have a greater risk of developing COPD over their lifetimes.

Meanwhile, a separate study in the same journal issue revealed that airway bypass, an experimental and minimally-invasive procedure, does not alleviate the symptoms of severe emphysema, which causes the destruction and hyperinflation of the lungs, making it difficult for people to breathe and perform daily activities such as eating, bathing, and walking.

Even though earlier studies had shown the airway bypass reduced lung inflation and shortness of breath one day after the procedure, the latest analysis of 315 patients followed for one year found no such positive effects after one month or at six months post-procedure. In addition, the patients received no more benefit than the control group patients who underwent a sham procedure.

The London researchers on the trial, known as EASE (Exhale Airway Stents for Emphysema), said that the disappointing results were due to a combination of factors, including mucus blockages.

More information

The National Emphysema/COPD Association provides more information on emphysema and COPD.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Sept. 8, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Despite Treatment, Employees with Depression Generate Higher Absentee Costs, According to Thomson Reuters Study
2. Minorities Not Treated at Higher-Quality Centers
3. Black Women at Higher Risk of Birth-Related Heart Problem
4. Risk of Childhood Obesity Higher Among Minorities
5. Death After Discharge Rates Higher in Elderly ICU Patients
6. Anti-depressants bring higher risk of developing cataracts: UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research
7. K-State Study Finds Abundance of Food Stores, Not Lack of Them, Puts Low-Income Women In Small Cities at Higher Risk of Obesity
8. Do Liberals, Atheists Have Higher IQs?
9. Study: Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Higher Rates of Asthma in African American Kids
10. More Money, Increased Participation and Higher Nutritional Standards for School Meals
11. Hearts and Minds Promotes Wellness; African Americans Living with Mental Illness Have Higher Risk for Other Illnesses.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Risk for COPD Higher Than Thought: Study
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 21, 2017 , ... Florida Pain Relief Group, a division of ... location at 109 Silver Palm Ave., Melbourne, on Monday, May 22. Initially the clinic ... of the Melbourne practice, PPOA operates 23 pain management clinics in Florida and the ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... ... Following the tragic and widely publicized death of Rory Staunton, 12, from undiagnosed ... a protocol to quickly identify and treat the condition. , The mandate led ... saved Rory or anyone else’s life. , Now, five years after the boy’s ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... ... In a continuous effort to raise awareness of autism and common toxins found ... natural and organic latex mattresses, has announced that they will donate $1 to the ... recent viral Facebook video receives, up to $10,000.00. , The luxury online ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 , ... ... RawTrition’s BioEnergy in an upcoming episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr., airing ... RawTrition is the distributor of a clean, organic dietary supplement made from naturally ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... Springfield, Vermont-based law firm of Brady/Callahan has ... Good Reasons To Hire An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney, " the article offers insight ... injury. As the article says. if someone is injured due to another person's ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/8/2017)... 2017  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO)., has completed ... a health care service center company based in ... in relationship management programs for leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and ... WRB will join Envoy Health Management, LLC ... manufacturers, biotech firms, and other service companies. Together, WRB ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... May 5, 2017  May is Stroke Awareness Month ... the most important methods to prevent a stroke: monitor ... for Disease Control and Prevention, undetected and uncontrolled hypertension ... Omron, the global leader in personal heart health technology, ... of heart attack and stroke and is advancing a ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... Inc. (" Fortuna "), a private, clinical-stage biotech company, ... for embryonic and fetal stem cells by using direct reprogramming ... announced today the launch of its Scientific Advisory ... Father Kevin FitzGerald , S.J., PhD; Col. (R) ... , PhD. "We are excited and honored to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: