Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

How can we control environmental risks (smoking, obesity, activity levels)?

How can we control environmental risks (smoking, obesity, activity levels)?

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The topic of primary prevention has received considerable discussion by President Obama and others. We certainly support research into vaccinations, tobacco cessation, clean air and other measures to prevent lung disease. In addition, we would like to broaden the discussion to secondary prevention. For example, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects roughly 10% of people over age 40 years with its victims commonly succumbing to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Although clearly cardiovascular disease and cancer are important topics, we advocate for further research into the underlying lung disease. Similarly, people with sleep apnea are at risk of cardiometabolic complications, but currently more effort is placed on managing the complications than the underlying cause.

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