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  • COPD – Helping the Missing Millions
    February 24, 2010 - About 24 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s a staggering number, made more so by the fact that only about half of them have been diagnosed. The rest, some 12 million, are unaware that they are living with a progressive, chronic illness that when detected and treated early enough, can be controlled and its impact on their quality of life minimized. The challenge is finding and helping COPD’s missing millions.
  • November is COPD Awareness Month
    November 9, 2009 - Did you know that COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.? Or that it affects more than 12 million Americans? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis – is a term used to describe the obstruction of airflow. As part of our commitment to lung health, the American Lung Association has created new tools for COPD patients and partnering with others to help people with COPD live healthier, more active lives.
  • Influenza and H1N1 – ALERT for People with Lung Disease and Their Caregivers
    October 16, 2009 - People with lung disease like asthma and COPD are at particular risk to develop serious symptoms from both seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine) flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than half of adults hospitalized with the H1N1 strain of influenza had conditions such as asthma and chronic lung diseases.
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