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Respiratory system

Respiratory System Diseases

Respiratory diseases are the diseases that affect the airways, including the nasal cavity, the bronchi and the lungs. They are divided in acute infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis and chronic, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Today it is estimated that 300 million people suffer from asthma and it is the most common children’s disease. It constitutes a major public issue for all countries regardless of their level of development and economy strength. Asthma is under-diagnosed and inadequately-treated. It degrades the quality of life of the patients and has a life-long effect.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a life threatening lung disease, intervening with normal breathing. It is estimated that 210 million people suffer from COPD worldwide and more than 3 million have died due to COPD in 2005, corresponding to 5% of worldwide mortality. 90% of the patients with COPD reside at countries with medium or low standard of living.

In order for these chronic respiratory diseases to be intercepted, regular administration of inhaled corticosteroid drugs is indicated. This evolutionary pharmaceutical form, combined with advanced inhaler devices, significantly improves patient’s quality of life with minimal adverse effects.

Bibliography:

  • Reference: W.H.O, European Lung Foundation

International Health Organizations:

European Respiratory Society

American Thoracic Society

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