Accelerated ageing of the lung in COPD: new concepts.

@article{Mercado2015AcceleratedAO,
  title={Accelerated ageing of the lung in COPD: new concepts.},
  author={Nicolas Mercado and Kazuhiro Ito and Peter J Barnes},
  journal={Thorax},
  year={2015},
  volume={70 5},
  pages={482-9}
}
The rise in life expectancy worldwide has been accompanied by an increased incidence of age-related diseases, representing an enormous burden on healthcare services and society. All vital organs lose function with age, and this is well described in the lung, with a progressive decline in pulmonary function after the age of about 25 years. The lung ages, like any other organ, with progressive functional impairment and reduced capacity to respond to environmental stresses and injury. Normal… CONTINUE READING
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