Pul­monary dis­ease a big health threat

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China has nearly 100 mil­lion peo­ple with chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease, plac­ing the res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tion among the coun­try’s big­gest pub­lic health chal­lenges, a na­tional study has found. Start­ing in mid2012, the three-year na­tion­wide study cov­ered nearly 51,000 par­tic­i­pants ages 20 or older. The find­ings were pub­lished re­cently in the in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal jour­nal The Lancet. The study found that 8.6 per­cent of par­tic­i­pants had the dis­ease, with the el­derly and smok­ers at higher risk. It was led by Wang Chen, a res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease ex­pert and pres­i­dent of both the Chi­nese Academy of Med­i­cal Sciences and Pek­ing Union Med­i­cal Col­lege.

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