Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- The number of people dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has climbed nearly 12 percent over a 15-year period, an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 has found.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -- Asthma was the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease worldwide in 2015, with twice the number of cases of COPD. Deaths from COPD were eight times more common than deaths from asthma. In 2015, COPD caused 2·6% of global DALYs and asthma 1·1% of global DALYs. Although there are laudable international collaborative efforts to make surveys of asthma and COPD more comparable, no consensus exists on case definitions and how to measure disease severity for population health measurements like GBD. Comparisons between countries and over time are important, as much of the chronic respiratory burden is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -- An excellent Article1 has been published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine on the risk and disease estimates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma as part of the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2015. The Article provides a good overview of the mortality, prevalence, disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), and years lived with disability for the two most common respiratory diseases. The findings show that the prevalence of and mortality due to COPD, as well as the prevalence of asthma, increased between 1990 and 2015.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- In poorer countries these respiratory illnesses too often go undiagnosed and untreated, report finds