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World COPD Day

Not to be confused with the stubborn, gray group of odd-toed ungulates known as the Consternation Of Perturbed Donkeys (COPD), COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Airway obstruction is due to inflamed, narrow bronchial tubes (chronic bronchitis) and deficient oxygen exchange (emphysema). Although smoking is the greatest risk factor associated with the disease, studies note exposure to workplace pollutants as an important factor.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with COPD groups and health professionals, is sponsoring World COPD Day this November 18th to raise awareness.

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