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Friday, January 23, 2009

Chronic respiratory diseases

Chronic respiratory diseases

Chronic respiratory diseases are preventable
Chronic respiratory diseases are chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Some of the most common are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory allergies, occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.
The most important risk factors for preventable chronic respiratory diseases are:
Tobacco smoking
Indoor air pollution
Outdoor pollution
Occupational risks and vulnerability
QUICK chronic respiratory disease FACTS
Hundreds of millions of people suffer every day from chronic respiratory diseases. According to the latest WHO estimates (2007), currently 300 million people have asthma, 210 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while millions have allergic rhinitis and other often-underdiagnosed chronic respiratory diseases.

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