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This Week in Lung Disease: Air Quality at the Rio Olympics is Terrible

11 Aug 2016
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This Week in Lung Disease: Air Quality at the Rio Olympics is Terrible

For those who have trouble finding interesting news that affect those with lung disease, have no fear. Each week, the Lung Institute searches the internet to find the latest lung disease news so you can focus on your family and health.

Air Quality at the Rio Olympics is Just as Bad as the Water

Pollution was a hot topic of conversation leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. Many of the headlines prior to the games were about the terrible, sewage-filled water, but it turns out the air quality is not much better.

According to reports, the air quality in Rio is the second-worst for an Olympic city since 1980 – No. 1 is Beijing, which hosted the games in 2008. Before then scientists didn’t track air quality in Olympic cities prior to that time. According to the World Health Organization, Rio’s air pollution is consistently two to three times greater than what they deem safe.

For more information, check out Newsweek.

London Bus Stops to Offer Air Quality Alerts

Soon, the people of London will be able to check on air pollution and bus arrival alerts at the same time. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered 2,500 bus stop electronic information signs which will inform people about air pollution levels while waiting for the bus.

This is part of Khan’s goal of improving London’s air quality and pollution levels. Earlier this year, Khan commissioned a survey and found that 80 percent of those who participated wished for more pollution data. The signs will be installed Aug. 15.

For more information, go to The Washington Post.

Researchers Testing Exercise Table to Help COPD Patients

A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington are developing a new piece of exercise equipment meant to help those with COPD.

The Easy Breather Exercise Table has patients lay flat on their back, pull up on an attached bar, and rock back and forth. When the person pushes the bar away from their body, the table swings backward putting their feet above their head. This motion helps to force air out of the lungs.

For more information, go to Lung Disease News.

Keep checking in with us for the latest lung disease news. If you or someone you know has a chronic lung disease, remember there is hope. At the Lung Institute, we specialize in stem cell treatments for those with lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. For more information about the Lung Institute or stem cell therapy, please contact one of our patient coordinators by calling (800) 729-3065 today.

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