Pirfenidone, a drug approved in October 2014, has been shown in two separate trials to significantly improve survival in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Click here for the MedPage Today story.
Unknowingly disturbing asbestos during industrial or home renovation/retrofitting is resulting in the same disease consequences experienced by asbestos miners and insulators. The Center for Public Integrity relates a story of a young man with a very limited exposure to asbestos. Click here to read the article.
A German study of adults from the general population without clinically apparent lung disease, but with low lung function, had significantly increased mortality during a five year period of follow-up. Using spirometry as a low-cost screening tool, investigators found people with lower FEV1 and FVC readings had significantly worse survival. Click here to read the story and access the study.
In today’s open letter to the global asbestos industry, the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) highlights the asbestos lobby’s aggressive actions in Africa and Asia over recent weeks. IBAS works to bring to light the devious means and corrupt practices being used to block national action on banning asbestos. Click here for a review and response of what recently occured… Read more →
In a step toward providing unified safe and effective LDCT screening programs, the American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians have established a policy presenting comprehensive development strategies for sites wishing to implement a program. Click here to read the policy abstract.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons have determined that utilizing a medical multidisciplinary team and a standardized reporting system when reviewing a low-dose CT screening scan for lung cancer is safe and effective. Click here to read the complete article.
This October 8, 2015 USA Today news article covers a new study that showed elephants have 40 copies of a tumor blocking gene while humans have only 2 copies of the same. Click here to read the study that appeared in the online version of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The leading cause of hospitalization and death associated with the flu is not the flu itself, but pneumonia, a common complication of the flu. More than half of influenza pneumonia cases can be prevented by the flu vaccine, reports Dr. Carlos Grijalva, author of a recent study published October 6, 2015 in the online version of the Journal of the… Read more →
should be aware that quitting smoking can decrease chances of dying by 43%. This study also found that asking your doctor for approved medications to aid in smoking cessation increased the odds of successful, long-term, quitting. Click here to read the story.
Between 2007 and 2013 the incidence of non-small cell lung cancer more than doubled in people who have never smoked. CT scans may play a greater role in discovering lung cancer in never-smokers. Click here to read the story.