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Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017

5 ADVANCE FOR RESPIRATORY CARE & SLEEP MEDICINE COVER STORY JANUARY 2017 COVER STORY Raising Awareness of COPD One of the deadliest respiratory diseases often goes undetected — but increased awareness and a new film titled Remembering Leonard aims to save lives COVER STORY By Sarah Sutherland Respiratory therapists know well just how deadly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is — yet the progressive respiratory disease is largely unfamiliar to the general public despite being the third-leading cause of death in the United States. However, without awareness campaigns similar to those accompanying breast cancer or atrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it’s unsurprising that most people have never heard of COPD. The disease, which is caused by smoking in 85–90% of cases, tends to display in ways that could also be identified


Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017
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