February 2011

Research updates

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources. 

This month's issue includes:

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Finding asthma interventions 

Dr. Anne Marie SinghThe Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation and Respiratory Health Association recently presented Anne Marie Singh, MD, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a two-year, $50,000 biomedical research grant. Dr. Singh is studying immune responses in children who wheeze to determine what causes some children to develop asthma while others do not. By understanding the process of developing asthma, she hopes to develop interventions to prevent the disease.

Learn more about our asthma work on our asthma pages


Managing asthma with MP3s

Image: MP3 playerRespiratory Health Association has been selected to work with Rush University Medical Center in a new asthma education study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study will examine the role peer messaging plays in adherence to asthma medications for African-American students, who are three times more likely than white children to visit the emergency department for problems with their asthma.

Respiratory Health Association will provide asthma education and self-management skills to a group of students in southern Cook County, and participants also will receive asthma education messages delivered by peers or doctors on MP3 players. Results of the study are expected in 2012.

For more information, contact Marc Rosen, our manager of asthma programs.


Screening to detect lung cancer sooner

Respiratory Health Association and lung cancer advocates from across the country have signed a letter calling for a revision to the national lung cancer screening guidelines. In November, the results of of National Lung Cancer Screening Trial showed that adding regular CT screenings for at-risk populations can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20 percent.

The U.S. Preventative Services task force last released lung cancer screening guidelines in 2004, and there is currently no recommended screening test for people who have risk factors for lung cancer, which means most cases go undiagnosed until the cancer has reached later stages. Adding CT screenings and other recommendations to the care guidelines for anyone who is at risk for lung cancer can reduce deaths significantly.

Read the full letter here.


Get Involved: Photograph Hustle!

We're looking for a few volunteers to photograph Hustle Up the Hancock! If you've got an eye for photography, a digital SLR and a few hours to volunteer, ask us about coming out to the John Hancock Center on February 27. You can help us get great pictures of event participants, supporters and other volunteers!

For more information, email Julie O'Brien.

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