World Spirometry Day Puts Spotlight on Early Detection
of Lung Disease
As part of 2010: The Year of the Lung, the ACCP and other members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies recognized October 14 as the first "World Spirometry Day." Events took place around the world to raise awareness among patients, health-care providers, and the public of the importance and potential of spirometry for early detection and intervention in lung disease.
To date, more than 600 events have taken place worldwide, with more than 25 in the United States. ACCP President, Kalpalatha Guntupalli, MD, FCCP, celebrated World Spirometry Day by hosting a free spirometry testing event at her hospital, Ben Taub, in Houston.
"Ben Taub is a hospital that caters to the uninsured and indigent residents of Houston. The hospital has many ethnic minority groups that are vulnerable to tobacco-related diseases," said Dr. Guntupalli. "Spirometry, as a simple and quick test, is ideal for picking up early disease. It will also get people who smoke motivated to consider quitting. Just like taking blood pressure and checking blood sugar are important for control of high blood pressure and diabetes, spirometry should be part of screening for and monitoring of lung diseases."
To see events that took place in your area, view the World Spirometry Day map.
Learn More About World Spirometry Day
CHEST 2010 Clinical Resource Center
Don't miss the Clinical Resource Center at CHEST 2010, designed to complement your learning and present resources and information to help advance your professional goals. The center showcases diagnostic and treatment solutions and additional education opportunities. Be sure to check out special presentations featured in:
Lung Health Lounge
Many other opportunities are offered in the Clinical Resource Center, including free practice management consultations and virtual reality medical education demonstrations, and free lunch.
New Lung Health Lounge at CHEST 2010
When visiting the Clinical Resource Center at CHEST 2010, be sure to stop by the new Lung Health Lounge located behind Experience ACCP. The Lung Health Lounge offers additional networking and educational opportunities, including a 5-minute virtual reality education demonstration, special presentations, and the Cyber Café.
$150,000 Geriatrics Research Grant Opportunity
Two-Part Application — Part 1 Due November 3
The CHEST Foundation Awards Committee announces a new $150,000 geriatrics award grant opportunity for those in their first 4 years of faculty appointment who develop and implement a basic, clinical, or health services research project focused on a geriatric aspect of chest medicine. To be considered for this award, complete the two-part application process:
Due November 3, 2010
Apply at Grants.gov using the SF-424 Research & Related Forms and the SF-424 Application Guide.
Due May 3, 2011
Application site to open January 2011.
For more information, contact Lee Ann Fulton.
Many With Terminal Cancer Still Getting Routine Screening
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Many patients with incurable cancer are still being screened for common cancers, although these tests are unlikely to provide any benefit, researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City have found. Specifically, many patients diagnosed with advanced lung, colorectal, pancreatic, gastroesophageal, or breast cancer are still undergoing the ordeal of routine breast, prostate, and colon cancer screening, said the researchers. Not only might these patients suffer from invasive procedures such as colonoscopies near the end of life, the researchers said, but they face the unnecessary risks of additional tests, biopsies, and psychological distress resulting from the detection of new malignancies. More
Folic Acid Supplements No Help for the Heart
Reuters Health Share
Supplements containing folic acid are known to cut levels of a protein in the blood implicated in heart disease, but a large new analysis suggests this does not translate into a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, or death. One in every three US adults reports taking multivitamins containing folic acid. The B-vitamin has long been known to help prevent anemia and reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. More recently, folic acid was found to have a bonus benefit: lowering levels of a protein the body makes after eating meat—homocysteine—which has been linked to cardiovascular and other health problems. More
Somatic Symptom Burden High in Cancer Patients
HealthDay News via Modern Medicine Share
Regardless of cancer type or phase, there is a high prevalence of somatic symptoms in cancer patients with chronic pain or depression, according to research published October 11 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Kurt Kroenke, MD, of the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, and colleagues measured somatic symptom burden in 405 cancer patients to determine the impact of somatic symptoms on disability and health care use in cancer patients who are experiencing pain and/or depression. More
Sleep Apnea Mask May Cause Subtle Facial Changes
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The breathing masks often prescribed to treat sleep apnea can subtly alter the shape of a patient's face with prolonged use, a new study suggests. The common treatment, called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), can help relieve the interrupted breathing of sleep apnea. However, "my research found possible craniofacial change [as a result of] long-term CPAP use," said study author Hiroko Tsuda, PhD, an assistant professor in the general oral clinic at Kyushu University Hospital in Japan. Tsuda and colleagues, who conducted work out of the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, report on the findings in the October issue of CHEST. More
October 30 - November 4 • Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sleep Medicine 2011
January 27 - 30 • Tempe, AZ
Keynote Speaker at CHEST 2010
Hear physician and best-selling author, Abraham Verghese, MD.
Practice Management Consultations at CHEST 2010
Virtual Reality Medical Education at CHEST 2010