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This Week in Lung Disease: Think Again ‘Healthy Smokers’; Avoid Falls and Landfills

23 Jun 2016
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This week in lung disease

There are many places to get news online, such as blogs, websites, some random e-mail chain letter your cousin sent you. That’s why each week, the Lung Institute searches the internet to find trending news stories relating to lung disease, stem cell therapy and lung health. Check out the latest edition of This Week in Lung Disease news.

‘Healthy Smoker’? Think Again

If you, or someone you know who smokes think they’ve dodged the lung disease bullet, think again. According to two new studies, spirometry tests may not be able to detect all serious abnormalities in current and former smokers.

A spirometry test, which measures how much air a person can inhale and how quickly they can exhale, may miss underlying conditions for people not experiencing airflow obstructions. For those currently smoking, this may give them the notion that they’re ok and continue smoking – which is not the case. The researchers projected that there are 35 million current or former smokers older than 55 in the United States with unrecognized smoking-caused lung diseases.

Still, the best thing a smoker to do is quit immediately, and for former smokers to see their primary care doctor regularly to monitor their lung health.

To read more about this story, go to The New York Times website.

E-Cig Flavorings May Cause Severe Lung Disease

Those sweet smelling vapor clouds may not be as good for you as previously thought. A recent study has found that chemical flavorings used in electronic cigarettes, or E-cigs, can cause severe lung disease. Harvard researchers looked at 51 types of favored e-cigs and refill liquid for chemicals diacetyl, acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione.

Diacetycl, in particular, has been linked to a severe lung disease known as “popcorn lung” which affected workers who inhaled artificial butter fumes at microwavable popcorn factories. Out of the 51 flavors tested, 47 contained at least one of those chemicals.

To read more about this story, go to CBS News.

Living Near Landfills Gets Even Worse

Scientists have found a new reason to hate living near a dump. Scientists claim that living near landfills may increase the risk of lung cancer and other lung diseases. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology claimed that homeowners and children living within three miles of the landfills were more susceptible to being exposed to toxic pollutants.

For more information, check out the Telegraph.

For Older Adults, Don’t Fall for This One

Recently, the Huffington Post published an in-depth article on “How to Prevent Falls in Older Adults”, which offered some great advice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three people age 65 or older falls each year, and more than 700,000 are hospitalized due to the fall.

Some of the ways to avoid serious falls is to be mindful of visual and hearing impairments, side effects due to medication and hazards around the house.

For the full list of suggestions, check out the post here.

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 or call (800) 729-3065 today.


  1. sh

    4 months ago

    Dear Leslieanne,

    Thanks for your question. Please contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149, and we would be happy to answer your questions. It’s best to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator to discuss whether you might be a candidate for stem cell therapy. Each person’s situation and medical history is unique, so we prefer not to dispense advice here in the comments section. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge and are ready to answer your questions. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Leslieanne

    4 months ago

    I have IPF. My mother and my uncle both died from this disease at age 78. My IPF is complicated by bronchiectasis. A chronic painful condition in which the lungs stop processing mucus and the bronchial tubes become filled with mucus that causes a cough reflex . I’ve not heard of any stem cell treatment that works. Please let me know if you think stem cell treatment can help and stop the scarring that causes death.

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