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Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: What’s Making It Harder to Breathe in the Southeast?

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AUTHORS: Erick Bora, Eastern Connecticut State University

ABSTRACT: Currently COPD is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide and it’s projected to become the 3rd leading cause of death by 2030 unless necessary steps are taken to reduce the underlying risk factors. COPD prevalence is high south of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River, yet little research has been conducted to address this issue. The objective of this study was to analyze the spatial distribution of COPD prevalence and statistically determine the significance of socioeconomics, occupation, air quality, physical inactivity, household size, and smoking in predicting rates of COPD. High COPD rates clustered in eastern Kentucky, western Virginia, and southern Missouri which corresponded to areas with high smoking rates. Smokers, healthcare workers, construction workers, age, and percent of people physically inactive were statistically significant in predicting these distributions. Thus, medical professionals and health officials should address these underlying risks to reduce COPD in the U.S.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
STUDENT CENTER: 1st Floor Lobby (Appian Way Entrance)

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