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Childhood respiratory illness linked to lower life expectancy

Bronchitis in early childhood can boost the risk of illness and premature death in adulthood, research shows.

Experts found that those who had bronchitis, pneumonia or asthma as children were 57% more likely to die of respiratory disease than others.

These children were also more than twice as likely to die of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

Respiratory illness during childhood was also associated with a higher risk of assorted respiratory problems in adulthood, ranging from relatively minor to the severe.

This research was published in the journal Thorax.


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