Dusty workplace may increase the risk of COPD

More than one in ten people with a range of non-cancerous lung diseases may be sick due to breathing in dust and fumes at work, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The study estimates the occupational burden of COPD at 14 percent, and notes that the role of occupational factors in most lung disease is under-recognized.



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What is GOLD?

If you or your loved one has COPD, you may have heard of the Global Initiative For Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or GOLD. But what is it, exactly? 

GOLD was launched in 1997 with the purpose of improving the lives of people with COPD worldwide. Collaborating with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization, GOLD works with health care professionals and public health officials around the world to raise awareness and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COPD. 

Learn more about GOLD and download some of their educational materials, such as the 2019 Patient Guide and the 2019 Gold Report – an evidence-based strategy document focused on COPD diagnosis, management and prevention.