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On the first World Lung Day, 25 September, a global coalition of respiratory health organizations issues recommendations to improve lung health

25 September 2017 LAUSANNE – The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) has coordinated the first World Lung Day, on 25 September, which asserts that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without more attention to the burden of lung disease as outlined in their recent report The Global Impact of Respiratory Disease. FIRS calls for public support of respiratory health as a main action on World Lung Day.

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Global Response to Fight AIDS Urgently Needed this World AIDS Day, Dec. 1: Forum of International Respiratory Societies

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Dec. 1, 2016— In recognition of World AIDS Day, held annually on Dec. 1 each year since 1988, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is calling on governments, health advocates and non-government organizations to strengthen their response to HIV/AIDS. In 2015 AIDS claimed 1.1 million lives.

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Forum of International Respiratory Societies Calls for Global Effort on World Pneumonia Day

Strategies to prevent and treat pneumonia must be strengthened to address the large global burden

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo (November, 12, 2016) In support of World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) calls for global efforts to strengthen effective strategies to protect against, prevent and treat pneumonia.

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CHEST Annual Meeting 2016 Case Reports: Objects that don’t belong there

Case of the missing crucifix

Tuesday, October 25, 1:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall, Poster 209

A medical student from National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran, Mexico, will present a patient who swallowed an usual object that got stuck. A 46-year-old man with a history of multiple substance abuse came seeking attention because of difficulty swallowing. After a chest film revealed a t-shaped foreign object in his esophagus, doctors attempted an endoscopy to remove the metallic foreign body with no success. He underwent surgery to successfully remove the t-shaped object, a small metal crucifix. He was discharged uneventfully.

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CHEST Annual Meeting 2016 Case Reports: More reasons to say no to drugs

From pleasure to pain? Ecstasy and heart failure

Tuesday, October 25, 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Poster 516

A medical student from Abington Jefferson Health in Abington, Pennsylvania, will present a case of methamphetamine-induced acute coronary syndrome. A 22-year-old man was brought to the emergency department (ED) for an evaluation of acute onset shortness of breath and chest pain. The patient reported he had taken “ecstasy” (“Molly”, MDMA) six hours before coming to the ED.

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Bluetooth-enabled technology pilot study shows promise for cystic fibrosis adherence

LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2016)– According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry, more than 70,000 people worldwide are suffering from the disease, with approximately 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Adherence to inhaled and oral therapies for cystic fibrosis patients is discouragingly low, ranging 31-35 percent for inhaled antibiotics. Programs to enhance adherence have had mixed success; a new pilot study from Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California, shows remarkable improvement in adherence using Bluetooth technology.

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Blood tests at the time of diagnoses of lung cancer may speed up treatment decisions

LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2016) – A study from Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin, reveals to the value of blood-based genomic and proteomic testing in patients with lung cancer at the time of initial diagnoses. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) refers to a group of cancers that share common characteristics but have different genetic features that make them more or less responsive to specific treatments. In this study, genomic and proteomic testing of blood specimens rapidly identified genetic mutations that determined optimal, personalized treatment. Compared with testing of biopsy specimens, the blood tests yielded both important diagnostic information much faster (within 72 hours) regardless of disease stage, and significantly decreasing the wait period between diagnoses and the start of treatment.

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Forum of International Respiratory Societies joins grassroots World Lung Cancer efforts

World Lung Cancer Day commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer

GLENVIEW, Ill.  (July 29, 2016) – On World Lung Cancer Day on 1 August, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and its members celebrate and support those impacted by lung cancer. FIRS joins the grassroots efforts of the lung cancer community to raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact, creating an educational movement of understanding lung cancer risks as well as early treatment around the world.

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Statement from FIRS for World TB Day – 24 March 2016

INVESTMENT AND ACTION NEEDED TO END TB

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2016 -In support of World TB Day, 24 March, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) calls for united efforts to mobilise the financial and human resources to end tuberculosis (TB).

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The Forum of International Respiratory Societies Supports World Cancer Day on February 4

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies and Its Global Members Aim to Raise Awareness About Lung Cancer on World Cancer Day

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, February 1, 2016 – In recognition of World Cancer Day on February 4, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), support the World Cancer Day: 'We Can. I Can.' campaign. The global campaign highlights how everyone, as a collective or as individuals, can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. FIRS is also using the day to highlight the global burden of lung cancer.

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World AIDS Day 2015

 

Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) Urges Continued International Efforts to Fight acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on World AIDS Day

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Dec. 1, 2015— World AIDS Day, held annually on the first day of December each year since 1988, is an opportunity for people around the world to join in the fight, show their support for those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and commemorate the lives of those who have died. The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), an organization comprised of the world’s leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally, supports these efforts through research, patient care and advocacy.

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Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) asks governments to strengthen prevention and management strategies to reduce the burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, November 18, 2015. World COPD Day is observed each year in November to highlight the burden of this chronic respiratory disease affecting more than 200 million people globally and causing about 3 million deaths annually. COPD is the sixth major cause of death and disability in low- and middle income countries and is projected to become the third cause of death by 2020. The economic burden is enormous, in the US alone total costs for COPD were estimated to be about 50 billion USD in 2010.

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World Pneumonia Day on November 12, 2015

Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) highlights the need to prevent pneumonia and strengthen management strategies globally as part of the “Decade of the Lung” initiative.

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, November 12, 2015. The Decade of the Lung initiative, recently launched by FIRS, serves to highlight the importance of respiratory diseases globally. Amongst these, pneumonia is one of the five major respiratory diseases worldwide, responsible for substantial illness in children and adults. Pneumonia is the main cause of death in children under 5 years, of hospitalisation and of health care utilisation.

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Global lung health forum calls for international support for plain packaging legislation

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 31 May 2015 - On World No Tobacco Day (31 May, 2015), the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is mobilising its members to raise awareness of the health benefits of plain packaging for cigarettes.  

World No Tobacco Day is observed worldwide today and provides an opportunity to draw attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.

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