Progression from Asthma to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Is Air Pollution a Risk Factor?

@article{To2016ProgressionFA,
  title={Progression from Asthma to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Is Air Pollution a Risk Factor?},
  author={Teresa M To and Jingqin Zhu and Kristian Traberg Larsen and Jacqueline Simatovic and L Y Feldman and Kandace Ryckman and Andrea S Gershon and M. Diane Lougheed and Christopher Licskai and Hong Chen and Paul J Villeneuve and Eric James Crighton and Yushan Su and Mohsen Mark Sadatsafavi and Devon P Williams and Christopher Carlsten},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={2016},
  volume={194 4},
  pages={429-38}
}
RATIONALE Individuals with asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS), have more rapid decline in lung function, more frequent exacerbations, and poorer quality of life than those with asthma or COPD alone. Air pollution exposure is a known risk factor for asthma and COPD; however, its role in ACOS is not as well understood. OBJECTIVES To determine if individuals with asthma exposed to higher levels of air pollution have an increased risk of ACOS. METHODS… CONTINUE READING
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