Commonly prescribed antibiotic reduces acute COPD attacks – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a disease of the lungs that makes it harder and harder to breath. NIH’s Dr. James Kiley says COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Kiley: It is estimated that 12 million people have COPD; and probably what is even more revealing is that maybe another 12 million people have it but they don’t even know it.
Narrator: Now an NIH-funded study has found that a commonly prescribed antibiotic lowers the frequency and severity of COPD flare-ups, which Dr. Kiley says can be life-threatening. For more about COPD and this new study, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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