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    Obesity increases the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome 1.7-fold, severe obesity 1.8-fold


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    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:29 am Email this article
    Obesity increases the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome 1.7-fold (an increase of 66%), while severe obesity increases the risk 1.8-fold (an increased risk of 78%) according to a new study.

    Among patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, those who were heavier stayed longer in the hospital, but were 11% less likely to die.

    REFERENCE

    Gong M, Bajwa E, Thompson B, Christiani D. Body mass index is associated with the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Thorax. 2009 Sep 21, published on-line.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Montefiore Medical Center and
    Albert Einstein School of Medicine
    United States.

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