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Children exposed to ambient air pollution show stunted airway growth, warns international respiratory group

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) warns that air pollution exposure may stunt lung function growth of children into adolescence.

An article published by scientists at Utrecht University in the European Respiratory Journal found that Dutch children, exposed to air near their homes containing high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, soot, and particulate matter from preschool age onwards, had lower airway growth at 16 years of age [1].

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Miners exposed to diesel exhaust and respirable dust have increased risk of ischemic heart disease mortality

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is concerned with the findings of a new study highlighting an increased risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in relation to diesel and respirable dust exposure.

The study published in the prestigious American Journal of Epidemiology by a group of leading scientists involved more than 10,000 US miners. It found that the miners exposed occupationally to diesel exhaust and respirable dust, had an increased risk of IHD mortality [1].

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World Lung Day Supporters 2018

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FIRS would like to thank all organisations who have pledged to support World Lung Day 2018.

World Lung Day falls on 25th September and is a day to rally advocacy for respiratory health and air quality globally. You can see the full list of organisations supporting World Lung Day 2018 below.

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World Lung Day 2018

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On the 25th September last year, we joined the World Health Organization and many other organisations to celebrate the first World Lung Day around the world. Lung Disease was the last major chronic disease without a World Day.

This year on the 25th September we want to expand this celebration and use it to rally advocacy for respiratory health and air quality globally.

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World Lung Cancer Day - 1st August 2018

Lung cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers worldwide, claiming more lives yearly than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. World Lung Cancer Day is a great opportunity for us all to raise awareness about lung cancer , highlighting the key risk factors as well as screening and treatment options. 

This World Lung Cancer Day the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) commemorate, celebrate and support those impacted by lung cancer.

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Respiratory Societies Warn About Electronic Cigarette Use in Youth

World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2018.

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, May 31, 2018 – Tobacco is the leading underlying single cause of death worldwide. In 2016, tobacco use caused over 7.1 million deaths mostly related to lung and heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Every year, on 31 May, persons and organizations mark World No Tobacco Day, by highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

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Forum of International Respiratory Societies calls on governments for political commitment and action to end TB

Statement from FIRS (Forum of International Respiratory Societies) for World TB Day – 24 March 2018

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2018

On World TB Day, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) calls on the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to commit to the urgent changes needed to end tuberculosis (TB), in their first High Level Meeting (HLM) on TB.

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Opening for FIRS Communications Officer

The Communications Officer carries out all FIRS communications activity and works closely with the executive director, administrative assistant, webmaster, communications teams from each member organization, and communications persons from partnering organizations. Related responsibilities include promoting FIRS as an organization as well as its major policy initiatives (such as World Lung Day), coordinating communications, and its member organizations’ activities. The position is full time.

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World AIDS Day is Dec. 1 AIDS Remains a Global Threat Due to TB Link: Forum of International Respiratory Societies

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Dec. 1, 2017 — 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 2016 AIDS claimed 1million lives.

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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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