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Forum topic by Kenyon94 posted 05-20-2014 07:07 PM 800 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Kenyon94

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05-20-2014 07:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: copd

LJs,

I’m new to woodworking, and over the last six months I’ve read with great concern that some LJs have developed COPD after years of exposure to sawdust. I just wanted to let folks know that Novartis, a top 10 in the world pharmaceutical company based out of Basel, Switzerland, issued a press release recently talking about COPD and underlying their renewed focus on the condition. I was shocked to hear that the WHO is projecting COPD to be the third largest cause of death by 2020, yikes. Most of that is due to smoking, but I know it’s a real hazard for woodworkers, so I wanted to call folks attention to the article.

It’s great news that Novartis is paying attention to the condition – it means that better treatments are on their way (the article indicates that they’ve made great strides recently with treatment). Novartis alone takes in about $60 billion in revenue each year and today is worth $217 billion (market cap). It’s a good thing that they’re pointing some of that money towards COPD treatment.

http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/feature-stories/2013/07/misconceptions-about-copd.shtml

All the best,
-Marshall


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mahdee

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 07:14 PM

Thanks Marshall. Good company; I own a few shares.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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