Heavy wrinkles could be sign of lung disease
Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:15 AM BST
By Patricia Reaney
LONDON (Reuters) - Smokers' heavily wrinkled faces could be an early warning sign of a serious lung disease, researchers said on Wednesday.
They found that smokers with pronounced wrinkles are five times more likely than those without marked facial lines to suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes bronchitis and emphysema.
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Thorax Published Online First: 14 June 2006. doi:10.1136/thx.2005.053827