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COPD Patients Reveal Disease Progression Leads to Physical and Social Isolation and Increased Reliance on the Internet(1)
Date:11/17/2010

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, revealed that they perceive their disease as both a burden they must deal with and as a loss they have experienced,(1) according to recent in-home research conducted by GlaxoSmithKline.  Patients participating in the research characterized their sense of loss as a combination of factors including loss of energy, loss of control, loss of independence and loss of their old self.  They also suggested that COPD prevents them from living life to its fullest(1).  As the disease progresses, research participants report they've become increasingly limited in what they can do and more reliant on the internet as a source of important information on how to help manage their illness and as a means to interact with other people who can share in their experiences(1).

Patients with COPD can learn more on how to manage their disease by visiting www.COPD.com.  For the 12 million individuals diagnosed with COPD in the United States(2), www.COPD.com offers an easily accessible online destination to help inform them on their disease and its different stages and offers them things to consider that may help them live with COPD.  For caregivers, www.COPD.com offers information on how to care for a loved one with COPD.

About COPDAs the fourth leading cause of death in the United States(3), there are about 120,000 deaths attributed to COPD annually, more than breast cancer and diabetes combined(4). Every four minutes, someone dies from COPD in the United States(5). In addition to the 12 million individuals diagnosed with COPD, there are an additional 12 million people estimated with undiagnosed COPD(6).

COPD is a progressive, life-threatening lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is characte
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