Airway disease is on the rise. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood condition, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), is the fourth leading cause of death in America. Research is underway both to identify risks and to develop therapeutic clinical trials.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that makes it difficult for sufferers to breathe, causing coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and other symptoms. Affecting as many as 24 million people in the United States, the disease gradually worsens over time and is currently without a cure. Existing treatments can provide only moderate relief of symptoms.
HEAL is one of the largest public-private partnerships established to investigate the impact of environmental disparities on human health. Launched in 2006, the program is designed to identify risks associated with developing and exacerbating airway disease, especially asthma, in post-Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans.