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Childhood Asthma Linked to Risk of COPD

Posted May 17 2010 10:09am

WebMD Health News

Children who suffer from severe, persistent asthma are nearly 32 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) in adulthood, according to a study spanning nearly half a century.

That conclusion is based on data from the Melbourne Asthma Study, which includes children born in 1957 who were recruited at age 7 and tracked until their 50th birthdays. At the time they were recruited, the children were placed into four groups: those who did not experience wheezing or asthma symptoms, those who experienced occasional asthma such as wheezing associated with a viral respiratory infection, those who had persistent asthma not associated with a viral respiratory infection, and those who had severe, persistent asthma.

The objective was to see which children developed COPD as adults.

Read more about this study in WebMD Health News - click here

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