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20/11/2015

CREAL: Understanding what leads to lung disease

CREAL: Understanding what leads to lung disease


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Scientists don't know all of the reasons why some people are more susceptible to lung disease than others - something that the EU-funded ALEC project is seeking to find out. The results could be an important step towards better prevention and treatments for patients. Researchers from CREAL, an ISGlobal allied center, participate in the ALEC project.

Chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) is a condition that develops over time. Patients’ lungs may be inflamed or damaged and the airways may be constricted. In severe cases, patients may die. Up to 300 000 Europeans lose their lives each year from the disease, according to the European Lung Foundation.

Smoking is the main cause of COPD, but other lifestyle, behavioural, occupational, nutritional and environmental factors, from very early on in life through to adulthood, are now believed to play a role. Genetics may also be a factor.

ALEC aims to find out the impact of these additional factors by analysing existing studies tracking respiratory health in over 25 000 European children and adults from the early 1990s to the present day.

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