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    Study Finds COPD-like Respiratory Symptoms Common Among Smokers Despite Lack of COPD Diagnosis
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    May 12, 2016

    Study Finds COPD-like Respiratory Symptoms Common Among Smokers Despite Lack of COPD Diagnosis

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    In a finding that could lead to better treatment of smoking-related lung diseases, scientists are reporting that about half of current or former smokers with normal lung function have respiratory symptoms similar to COPD and an increased risk for exacerbations or “flare ups” of their symptoms despite a lack of COPD diagnosis. Many of these individuals show COPD-like symptoms, such as shortness of breath and difficulty exercising. Researchers note they also have a high rate of respiratory medication use despite a lack of data from clinical trials about appropriate treatment of this particular patient population. ... Read More

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