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Declaring War on Severe Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome
Date:5/6/2013

FOLSOM, Calif., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- War has been declared on Severe Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS). It's tied in with recognition of World Asthma Day May 7, 2013.

The World Asthma Foundation (WAF) is leading the charge to raise awareness and to elevate the discussion about this highly prevalent but terribly underappreciated ACOS syndrome.

ACOS, which was formerly called "asthmatic bronchitis," is a commonly experienced, yet loosely defined clinical entity. It accounts for approximately 15 to 25 percent of the general population with obstructive airway diseases who experience more severe outcomes compared to asthma or COPD alone.

The prevalence of frequent exacerbations in ACOS is nearly two-and-a-half times higher than COPD and risk of severe exacerbations in ACOS is twice as high as COPD. However, standard treatment options are not as aggressive as needed to treat the asthma-COPD syndrome.

"ACOS is concerning because it's much worse in terms of exacerbations, or acute attacks of breathlessness, as compared to COPD." said Amir Zeki , MD, assistant professor of medicine pulmonary, critical, and sleep medicine at the Center for Comparative Respiratory Biology and Medicine at the University of California Davis School Of Medicine and World Asthma Foundation Board Member.

"We are entering a new era of public awareness of people living with chronic lung disease such as asthma and COPD," said Sam Louie , MD and professor of medicine, director of the UC Davis Asthma Network (UCAN), director of the UC Davis Reversible Obstructive Airway Disease (ROAD) Center, which serves adults and adolescents in Northern California who have difficult to control asthma, bronchiectasis and COPD.

"Our mission at UC Davis is to transform health care by integrating and provide quality patient care services these condi
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