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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015

Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study. COPD is a group of lung conditions (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis) that cause breathing difficulties.
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