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New diagnostic criteria proposed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

More than 100 of the nation's leading pulmonologists have proposed new criteria for diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The new criteria could better capture the full spectrum of people suffering from COPD, lead to better care for patients, and stimulate research to slow or stop progression of the disease or even prevent it. The proposal expands diagnostic criteria from a single measure of lung function to include environmental exposure, symptoms, and abnormal CT scans.

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