By Cara Murez 

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Black patients are dying of pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating disease marked by progressive scarring of the lungs, at significantly younger ages than white patients.

A new study probes factors contributing to earlier onset of disease, hospitalization and death in Black patients.

The disease involves a thickening and scarring of lung tissue, making it hard to breathe. It could come from exposure to toxins, medications or autoimmune disorders. About half of patients die within five years of a pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis.

“Pulmonary fibrosis is a deadly disease, and people are often diagnosed right around…


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