October 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.

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Fight Asthma Now successes highlighted

FAN logoOur Fight Asthma Now® (FAN) program was recently highlighted as a successful, life-saving curriculum in an article published in the October 2011 issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Led by Dr. Giselle Mosnaim of Rush University, a research team assessed the impact of FAN among predominantly low-income minority youth and teens. The study showed that FAN significantly increases asthma knowledge and the technique for using a spacer, both of which are essential to managing one's asthma.

Read more about FAN on our website

DonateFrom 2001 to 2009, asthma prevalence rates among black children increased nearly 50 percent, so 1 in 6 black children is currently living with asthma. Make a donation today, and help us bring Fight Asthma Now® (FAN) courses to the youths and teens who need it most!

New data to help people living with COPD

Recent data released with the 2010 Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) shows that more than 60 percent of people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience shortness of breath so severe that it affects their quality of life. Respiratory Health Association commissioned a series of five COPD questions to be included on the survey for the first time. “We wanted a clearer understanding of how COPD impacts Illinoisans,” said Joel Africk, president and CEO. “With this information, we will take clear action to educate health care providers, reach people at risk for COPD and serve people living with the disease through educational programs and events such as our Living Better Together COPD Conference.”

Read more about the BRFSS data on our website.

RHAMC co-funds award for pulmonary fibrosis research 

Dr. LamRespiratory Health Association recently awarded a research grant to Dr. Ai Phan Lam of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine division at Northwestern University. Co-funded with the American Thoracic Society, the $80,000 awarded to Dr. Lam will support her efforts to identify new therapies for pulmonary fibrosis.

Read more about Dr. Lam's research on our website.

Get Involved: Hustle Up the Hancock 

Hustle Up the HancockJoin us for the 15th annual Hustle Up the Hancock on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Choose to do the full climb of 94 floors or the CBS2 half climb of 52 floors to raise more than $1 million for local lung disease research and programs.

Lung Health Champion and Corporate Team registrations are now open! Register now!

General registration opens Tuesday, November 1, at 8 a.m. This event sells out quickly! For more information about registration or volunteering, click here.

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