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Smoker’s Disorders More Common Than Believed

Published måndag 17 juli 2006 kl 10.55

Research here indicates that the costs of society of the lung disease COPD are three times previous estimates.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a term for a group of respiratory tract diseases usually caused by tobacco smoking. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. A new dissertation from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute concludes that many of the cases of the disease are under-diagnosed.

According to the new research, 8 percent of the Swedish population suffer from COPD, and the cost of treating them has reached one billion 250 million dollars a year.

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