COPD mortality in Colorado: the role of environmental exposures, regionality and ethnicity
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition caused by damage to the airways and alveoli that results in loss of elasticity, increased inflammation, increased mucus production and alveolar wall damage. This alveolar damage and mucus overproduction results in irreversible decreased airflow for those affected. While most COPD is attributable to past or current smoking, COPD can also result from environmental or occupational exposures. We examined COPD mortality data at the Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), the smallest geographic level available from the Colorado Department of Public ...
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