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Lung Disease Can Be Genetic Even Without Family History

Posted May 17 2010 10:24am

HealthDay News

The onset of serious lung disease in middle age may have genetic roots, even if the patient does not have a family history of such illnesses in their background, a new study has found.
The authors say a simple, noninvasive test might enable doctors to screen for genetic predispositions to serious lung disease before it develops, providing a window of opportunity to take preventive measures and minimize risk.
The finding, which is scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Thoracic Society conference in New Orleans, comes from researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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There’s more on lung disease at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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