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Austria starts first long-term health study

(Xinhua)

10:14, March 08, 2012

VIENNA, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Austria is to start a long-term health study mainly on chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), addording to a project presented Wednesday at Vienna's Otto Wagner Hospital.

More than 10,000 Austrians aged 6 to 80 will be invited to participate. The subjects initially have the advantage of a free, comprehensive prophylactic examination which will be repeated after four and eight years in order to obtain time-series values.

It is the first longitudinal, unicentric and epidemiological study in the Austrian general population, aiming to receiving more information and knowledge on lung development, lung health and the development of pulmonary diseases.

A series of concomitant diseases, such as heart and circulatory diseases, metabolic diseases and mental or neurological disorders, will also be examined in the framework of the study.

According to experts, there is only a few solid data about the current health status and occurrence of diseases of the population in Austria compared with many other developed countries while COPD plays a significant role with regard to morbidity and mortality.

The project is led by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for COPD and Pulmonary Epidemiology and the Austrian Society of Pneumology (OGP).

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