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November 14, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Medical Center is offering free screenings for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The screenings are part of COPD awareness events being held throughout November at Ohio State’s Center for Wellness and Prevention. On Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Martha Morehouse Medical Pavilion, 2050 Kenny Road, Suite 1010, free screenings, including spirometry and pulse oxygen testing, will be offered from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. No registration or appointment is needed.

In the United States, as many as one in seven people ages 55-64 has COPD. While smoking is the leading cause of COPD, environmental and occupational exposures are also common factors. Symptoms include a chronic cough, frequent respiratory infections and fatigue. Some people don’t realize they have COPD because the symptoms can develop slowly.

For more information regarding the screenings, please call 614-293-3896.

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Contact: Gretchen Sauer, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or