November is COPD Awareness Month and NIA staff and representatives of several other NIH ICs and agencies participated in a recent federal workshop on the disease.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 130,000 dying from it each year. COPD typically manifests as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Many cases of COPD are related to present or past cigarette smoking. COPD is a leading cause of disability in both middle-aged and older people, and frequently causes hospital and intensive care unit admissions. COPD is associated with decreased employment and increased collection of disability insurance.
At the meeting on May 3, 2013, the group described activities at each participating agency or Institute, and discussed ways to develop and enhance collaborations to improve federal efforts to deal with this disease.