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Congress Must Invest in COPD Research at NIH

COPD cannot be cured, but the good news is it can be treated. Early diagnosis is the key to successful management of this chronic disease. Still each year in the United States, over 140,000 people die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)–which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This makes COPD the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. Research is the key to changing this result.

In order to fight this disease, we need Congress to grow the National Institutes of Health budget. Continued investments in research can lead to lifesaving breakthroughs and provide new hope for those who are faced with COPD–but only if Congress sustains the investments.

Tell Congress how important it is to grow the investment in lifesaving research at NIH. Please act now.

Thank you for all you do,

Paul Billings
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Education
American Lung Association

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