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New Orleans passes strict smoking ban that includes e-cigarettes: ‘No legal right to smoke’

New Orleans passed a far-reaching smoking ban on Jan. 22 that prohibits lighting up in bars, casinos, private clubs — even in the car while waiting in line at a drive-through.

Claiming there is no “constitutional right” to smoke, the New Orleans  read more…

GSK survey: COPD outlook improved, but still many challenges

Findings published Jan. 22 in The International Journal of COPD from a global survey suggest that while physicians believe that the long-term health outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has improved compared to 10 years ago, patients still face  read more…

Inner-city living may not be key to asthma risk as previously thought, researchers say

A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live.

Race, ethnicity and income have much stronger effects on asthma risk than where children live, Johns Hopkins Children’s  read more…

Doctors perform UK’s first organ transplant from newborn donor

Doctors have performed the first organ transplants from a newborn in the UK.

In a procedure described as a milestone in neonatal care, a 6-day-old baby girl’s kidneys and liver cells were given to two separate recipients after her  read more…

Test shows promise in differentiating lung cancer from nonmalignant nodules

Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common.

Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by those scans  read more…

Device may be ‘game-changer’ for people with lung disease

More than 3 million Americans suffer from advanced emphysema, the nation’s third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

Charlie Strange, MD, is principal investigator in the RENEW study.

Until recently there was little doctors could do to help them  read more…

Success of lung cancer drug Opdivo ends clinical trial two years early

A new cancer drug, Opdivo, is working so well that pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb announced Monday it is stopping a trial in lung cancer two years ahead of schedule.

The trial compared Opdivo to Docetaxel, a type of chemotherapy used for  read more…

COPD video featuring NFL legend, patients and ATS members to air on CBS

Darrell Green

This month, CBS affiliate stations in major cities will air “COPD: A Guide for Patients and Families,” a video the American Thoracic Society (ATS) produced in collaboration with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.

The video features people with chronic obstructive  read more…

In ‘party town’ of New Orleans, proposal to ban smoking in public places contentious

The haze that still swirls through many New Orleans bars became the spark igniting a fiery debate before the New Orleans City Council Jan. 7 whether to outlaw smoking in most businesses and public spaces across the city.

Musicians, some bar owners and  read more…

CDC: In bad flu season, people with chronic illness shouldn’t wait to take antivirals

The nation is halfway through a bad flu season, dominated by a viral strain that is not very vulnerable to this year’s vaccine, federal health officials said on Friday.

Because the virus,  read more…

An early Christmas present: President signs newborn screening bill

The rare disease community received an early Christmas present from Washington Dec. 18 when President Obama signed The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R.1281).

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Dec. 10 to approve reauthorization.

Days  read more…

CDC: Nearly half of older adults with asthma, COPD still smoke

The Centers for Disease Control this week reported that close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who live with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) still continue to smoke. The information follows a recent CDC report that found 15  read more…

CDC, NCI issue first global report on smokeless tobacco use

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute released the first report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco at the National Conference on Smoking or Health in Mumbai, India, in December.

The report, Smokeless  read more…

Lung CT scan use is expected to surge

Three years ago, Gordon Green, then 55, rejected his primary-care doctor’s suggestion that he get screened for lung cancer.

But Green’s history of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years and his doctor’s insistence changed his mind. And  read more…

Medicare payment for pulmonary rehab gets a boost in 2015

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the payment rate for hospital outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs for Medicare beneficiaries who meet the guidelines for moderate, severe, and very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be $52.35. This is a substantial increase over  read more…

Frederick de Serres, researcher of world prevalence of Alpha-1, passes at age 85

Frederick de Serres, PhD

Frederick de Serres, PhD, a geneticist and research scientist whose epidemiological studies calculated that Alpha-1 genes are far more common and widespread worldwide than had been previously believed, died Dec. 21 at age 85. De Serres,  read more…

FDA to lift lifetime ban on gay blood donors

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift  read more…

Gratitude and good wishes this holiday season to you, the foundation of our success

‘Stock Show Weather,’ 9 x 12” oil on linen by MW Skip Whitcomb

Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, it’s a pleasure at this holiday time to say thank you.

We wish you a  read more…

Foundation joins coalition in urging House panel to support drug benefits

The Alpha-1 Foundation and COPD Foundation joined two dozen other organizations of the Medicare Access of Patients Rx (MAPRx) Coalition in writing to leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, urging support of Part D drug benefits in  read more…

Alpha-1 Canada launches kids’ program with ‘Look At Us’ storybook

Just in time for the holidays, Alpha-1 Canada is launching its A-1 Kids Program to bring information, education and support to children with Alpha-1, their caregivers, family members and healthcare providers.

Early intervention and education can make a significant positive  read more…