COPD and Smoking: November 2006 Archives

6.7% of Vietnamese suffer from COPD

COPDHANOI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Some 6.7 percent of Vietnam's 83.1-million plus population suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Over 3 million local people are now infected with COPD, which is mainly caused by smoking and environmental pollution, and the figure is increasing, local newspaper Youth on Thursday quoted Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen as saying.

To date, Vietnam has spent some nine trillion Vietnamese dong (over 556 million U.S. dollars) on treatment for the sufferers.

COPDCOPD is the fourth leading cause of death in America, claiming the lives of 122,283 Americans in 2003. It is a term used to describe the obstruction of airflow associated primarily with emphysema and chronic bronchitis. While COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated.

Smoking is the primary cause of COPD. About 90 percent of COPD cases are caused by smoking. Other risk factors include air pollution, secondhand smoke, history of childhood respiratory infections, and heredity. This is the fourth consecutive year in which women have exceeded men in the number of deaths attributed to COPD. In 2003, approximately 63,062 females died compared to 59,321 males.

We need to expand the awareness of a quiet killer. Early detection and the development of new therapies can improve health outcomes and help millions of people with COPD live longer, healthier lives.

Care Found Lacking for Many With Obstructive Lung Disease


COPDLOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 -- Patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) get only half the care that they should, according to a national sample.

Although there are a variety of guidelines for the care of patients with obstructive lung disease, the extent to which they receive it has been largely unknown, said Richard Mularski, M.D., of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System here, and researchers at Rand Health and UCLA School of Public Health.

The national sample found a grim story, with varying levels of routine and exacerbation care, as well standards of delivery (history taking, laboratory and radiologic studies, geographic location), and patient education, the investigators reported in the November issue of Chest.