by Gayatri on  August 30, 2006 at 3:23 PM General Health News
Cough costs UK a whopping 979m!!
The group representing respiratory specialists declared yesterday that coughing costs the UK economy a huge amount of 979million annually.

Lost of productivity when sufferers are not well costs approximately 875million, while the health service industry loses 104million.

According to the British Thoracic Society (BTS), this figure does not include "chronic" coughs caused by asthma, drugs or environment factors.

The BTS said that over-the-counter medicines seldom help and more research needed to be done for better treatments. They defined an acute cough as the one that lasts less than 3 weeks.

Source: Medindia

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