Top American Lung Association Research Stories

The 21st century is an exciting time to be in medicine and research. American Lung Association funded researchers are finding themselves on the threshold of limitless discoveries in the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases giving us hope that one day we will find cures for all lung diseases.

  • American Lung Association Highlights Health Disparity in New Report on Tobacco Prevalence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community
    June 15, 2010 - The American Lung Association will host a press teleconference/webinar to highlight the contents of its new report, Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community. The Lung Association will share research it compiled from various sources that shows a higher rate of tobacco use in the LGBT community.
  • American Lung Association Researchers Receive Top Honors from the American Thoracic Society
    May 14, 2010 - Robert A. Wise, M.D., professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Director of the American Lung Association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Data Coordinating Center, will receive the American Thoracic Society’s 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to fighting respiratory disease through research, education, patient care and advocacy.
  • African Americans and Lung Cancer
    April 13, 2010 - You may be aware that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. But did you also know that if you are African American, you are more likely to develop lung cancer than any other population group in the U.S.? A new report by the American Lung Association explores this troubling disparity in lung health and delivers a call to action to end lung cancer’s lopsided toll on African Americans.
  • Many Lung Diseases More Prevalent in Diverse Populations
    March 4, 2010 - Despite decades of advances in medical technology and research, a new report released today by the American Lung Association reveals improvements in lung diseases have not been equally distributed by income, race, ethnicity, education and geography. The report, State of Lung Disease in Diverse Communities: 2010, provides members of these communities much needed health information that can be used in the fight against lung diseases, including lung cancer, asthma and influenza, as well as risk factors that cause or contribute to lung disease.
  • American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Award Recipient Finds Major Oncogene Responsible for Lung Cancer Development and Potential Treatment
    November 30, 2009 - Alan P. Fields, Ph.D., a recent recipient of the American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Discovery Award, and his team at the Mayo Clinic Florida have found a major oncogene responsible for lung cancer development in mice and that a drug once used to treat rheumatoid arthritis shows promise in inhibiting the gene in some types of lung cancer.
  • Study Provides Breakthrough in Diagnosis of Chronic Sinonasal Disease
    November 20, 2009 - A new study conducted by the American Lung Association's Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) has identified a simple, five-item questionnaire, based on the frequency of nasal symptoms, to accurately screen for sinonasal disease.
  • IOM Report Confirms Secondhand Smoke Causes Heart Attacks in Nonsmokers
    October 15, 2009 - A new report released by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM), Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence, confirms secondhand smoke exposure to be a significant cause of acute coronary events, including heart attacks, and that there is no safe level of exposure. The report also concluded that relatively brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause acute coronary events.
  • American Lung Association Supports $5 Million in Lung Disease Research
    September 28, 2009 - Funding research to find cures and better treatments is a critical part of the American Lung Association’s lifesaving mission. This year’s report “Research Awards Nationwide 2009-2010,” details how our National Research Program has granted $5 million of much-needed support to further the study of lung disease, such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer.
  • American Lung Association Supports $5 Million in Lung Disease Research
    September 22, 2009 - The American Lung Association National Research Program released its “Research Awards Nationwide 2009-2010,” a report of scientists receiving support from the organization to further the study of lung disease.
  • American Lung Association Study to be Designated as an Editor’s Choice Article in Next Edition of the “Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology”
    September 7, 2009 - The American Lung Association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) completed the largest and most comprehensive study to evaluate placebo effects in patients with asthma.
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