Nimoy’s Daughter Developing Documentary

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Julie Nimoy, daughter of Leonard Nimoy, has announced the development of a new documentary film on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The documentary will be called COPD: The Logical Way to Improve Lung Function and Breathe Better.

“I lost my dad, Leonard Nimoy, from complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also referred to as chronic bronchitis and emphysema,” said Julie Nimoy. “Each year, millions of people throughout the country, like my father, are diagnosed with this debilitating and potentially fatal illness. In fact, COPD is one of the most prevalent lung diseases diagnosed today, and the third most common cause of death in the United States.

“In retrospect, I believe my father would have greatly benefited from new information on the latest treatment options available. As a special tribute to my father, and to bring more information about COPD to light, I am pleased to announce that my fiancée, David Knight, and I are producing a new documentary film that is going to include the latest advances and treatments available today.

“COPD is characterized by a number of symptoms, including shortness of breath, activity limitation, respiratory infections, and general fatigue. Most medical experts agree that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of this condition. Other risk factors include exposure to certain gases or fumes, large amounts of secondhand smoke, and air pollution. In rare cases, nonsmokers can also develop COPD due to lack of a protein, which is called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or A1AD. COPD affects more than twenty-four million Americans, including 1.6 million Californians.”

“Our goal is to educate the public and help those living with the symptoms of COPD by providing timely and important information about the latest in therapies and treatments for this disease, said Executive Producer Knight. “In addition, the film will also include the accounts of patients who will describe how they have managed their COPD symptoms to achieve a more fulfilling life.”

“COPD is the third most common cause of death in the United States today,” said Dr. Richard Casaburi, a medical advisor on the film. “Despite this, it is both underdiagnosed and undertreated. The COPD Film Project will raise awareness of this illness and help those stricken with it to take advantage of medical advances that have the potential to improve their lives. We hope this film will be a fitting tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who accomplished so much in his life despite being afflicted by COPD.”

COPD: The Logical Way to Improve Lung Function and Breathe Better will be released by Health Point Productions in the winter of 2015. For more information on this documentary, contact info@copdfilm.com.

Source: Press Release

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