Respiratory News – January 2009

Respiratory News  The 2008-09 flu season has started out mild but scientists are trying to figure out why the dominant strain of flu circulating this year is resistant to the leading anti-viral drug, Tamiflu. The good news is that researchers have found out what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly – three genes that…

Fibrosis File -January 2009

Fibrosis File  Susan Farrell, BS RRT, of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA, recently spoke about rehabilitation for those with pulmonary fibrosis and other restrictive lung diseases such as sarcoidosis, LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis) or NSIP (Nonspecific Interstitial Pneumonia.) She wants to promote the concept of self management with a reduction of dependency on others. Susan…

Feelings-November-2008

  Feelings IT always helps to vent! If you or your caregiver would like to write about how you really feel about any aspect of chronic lung disease, we will credit you with a year’s membership. Please send to: The Pulmonary Paper, PO Box 877, Ormond Beach, FL 32175. Robert and Peg Riley of Ohio…

Fibrosis File-November-2008

Fibrosis File A recent lecture at the American College of Chest Physi- cians conference discussed a theory that Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is caused by a repeated stimulus to the lung which results in injury. The injured lung does not heal properly and fibrosis or scarring occurs. The part of the lung that is fibrotic…