A new study highlights the significant global disease burden of COPD and asthma, and calls for more attention in the prevention and treatment of these conditions.

The study titled “Global, regional, and national deaths, prevalence, disability-adjusted life years, and years lived with disability for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015,” was published in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

COPD and asthma are the most common respiratory diseases in the world. In 2015, COPD was ranked eighth and asthma was ranked 23rd as the leading cause of disease burden.