Exhale

The official blog of the Lung Institute.

What is the Cause of Pneumoconiosis?

What is the Cause of Pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis describes several occupational lung diseases that are caused by prolonged exposure to irritants like mineral dusts and particles. It is a type of interstitial lung disease, which is characterized by lung inflammation from inhaled substances that settle deep into the lungs. Pneumoconiosis primarily affects coal miners, iron foundry workers, millers, carpenters and employees in…

Read More >

Can Breathing Metal Dust Hurt You?

Can Breathing Metal Dust Hurt You

Breathing metal dust for any duration of time can have a negative effect on the lungs, but it can be particularly dangerous if you do so over an extended period of time. The lungs have a natural defense system to protect against foreign particles settling within, but with constant exposure, this system can fail. As…

Read More >

What is Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis?

What is Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis

Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, is an occupational lung condition that most commonly affects miners and other workers who have inhaled coal dust for an extended period of time. This interstitial lung disease occurs when dust from graphite, coal or man-made carbon builds up in the lungs over time and the…

Read More >

Is Silicosis Fatal?

Is Silicosis Fatal?

Yes, silicosis can be fatal. This respiratory disease is caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust, which produces inflammation and scarring when it settles into the lungs. As time passes, this scarring causes the lungs to stiffen. Silicosis is associated with various symptoms that tend to worsen over time, the most common of which include coughing,…

Read More >

What Is Siderosis?

Doctor patient

Siderosis, also referred to as welder’s lung or silver polisher’s lung, is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of iron particles, whether through dust or fumes. This condition is a form of pneumoconiosis, a general term often used to refer to lung diseases caused by the inhalation of mineral dust particles. Other types of…

Read More >

How Do You Prevent Silicosis?

Lung Graphic

Silicosis is a form of pneumoconiosis, which is an occupational lung disease developed by breathing in particles of mineral dust. Silicosis is specifically caused by the inhalation of silica, a mineral present in mineral ores and rock such as quartz. Silica is most often found in granite, clays, concrete, sandstone, sand, slate and other forms…

Read More >

Is Black Lung Treatable? 

Lung Graphic

There is no cure for black lung disease, so treatment usually focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. Black lung, or coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), is an occupational lung disease that most commonly affects miners who have inhaled coal dust over an extended period of time. A black lung treatment regimen will vary…

Read More >

What is Pneumoconiosis?

What is Pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis is a term that can refer to any chronic lung condition caused by the inhalation of dust or toxic fibers. Silicosis (caused by the inhalation of silica dust), asbestosis (caused by the inhalation of asbestos) and black lung disease (caused by the inhalation of coal or graphite dust) are all forms of pneumoconiosis, which…

Read More >

Respiratory Diseases: What Are Chronic Lung Diseases?

Respiratory Diseases: What are Chronic Lung Diseases?

When it comes to understanding respiratory diseases there can be a lot to learn. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to breakdown Respiratory Diseases: What Are Chronic Lung Diseases? And can you the information you need to improve your overall quality of life.

Read More >

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

Under current FDA guidelines and regulations 1271.10 and 1271.15, the Lung Institute complies with all necessary requirements for operation. The Lung Institute is firmly in accordance with the conditions set by the FDA for exemption status and conducts itself in full accordance with current guidelines. Any individual who accesses Lung Institute's website for information is encouraged to speak with his or her primary physician for treatment suggestions and conclusive evidence. All information on this site should be used for educational and informational use only.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and stem cell procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.