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Mission Moment August - 2016

(August 15, 2016)


Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Researcher: Linda Resar, MD
Dr. Linda Resar of Johns Hopkins University is working to address the urgent need for more effective lung cancer treatment by developing a therapy that blocks a protein involved in lung cancer growth. This innovative therapy is called Spiegelmers. Spiegel means "mirror." Spiegelmers are small molecules that bind as "mirror images" to critical regions of a protein to disrupt its function. These Spiegelmers target a key regulator protein, called HMGA1, which is required by lung cancer cells to grow, invade and spread to distant sites. Spiegelmers that block other proteins have already been shown to be safe and effective in patients with other types of cancer. Her team expects to rapidly share their results with clinics to improve therapy for lung cancer patients.

Walking to Cure Lung Cancer: Looking for an empowering and fun outdoor activity? Sign up for an American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Walk. It's a great way to get some exercise while supporting our lifesaving mission, including raising funds for research to cure the leading cancer killer in America—lung cancer.

LUNG FORCE Hero: Jennelyn R. is a registered nurse. She has cared for many lung cancer patients, but it didn't really hit home until one of those patients was her sister.




New Public Protections from Tobacco Products Take Effect: On August 8, new rules went into effect that gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over all tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah and e-cigarettes. Here's what it means, when it starts and how it aims to protect public health.


CPAP Study: Research results of the Airways Clinical Research Centers study, "Effect of CPAP on Airways Reactivity in Asthma: A Randomized Sham-Controlled Clinical Trial," was published in the July issue of The Annals of the American Thoracic Society. The study, co-funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, found no evidence that positive pressure was effective at reducing airways reactivity in people with well-controlled asthma. However, airways reactivity was improved in all groups, which may represent an effect of participating in a study and/or an effect of warm, humid, filtered air on airways reactivity. Based on this, further study is needed to better understand this relationship.

Healthy Air

Defending the Clean Air Act in Funding Bills: In July, the House of Representatives passed a government funding bill that would slash money for clean air programs and contains harmful provisions, called "riders," to weaken air pollution protections. Field staff nationwide weighed in with Congress in opposition. The good news is that the bill will not become law: it received a strong veto threat from the White House that highlighted the need for clean air protections. The Lung Association received media pickup of our press statement after the vote, calling on all members of Congress to oppose riders that would harm public health as they continue to work toward a deal to avoid a government shutdown.


Back to School with Asthma Checklist: For the more than 6 million children living with asthma, returning to school can be a special challenge. Asthma is a leading cause of hospitalization and school absenteeism for children. To get ready for a successful school year, the Lung Association has created this back-to-school checklist for families with asthma.



Patient Support

New Freedom From Smoking® Community on Inspire: We are excited to launch our seventh support community on Inspire: Quit Now: Freedom From Smoking®. This free online community is a place for people to give and receive support throughout the quitting process. Members of the community can connect through discussion posts, journal entries and private messages. If you, or someone you love, is looking to quit smoking, joining an online support community might be a good place to start.
The Lung Association also supports the Living with Asthma, Lung Cancer Survivors, Living with COPD, Living with Lung Disease, Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Caring for Pulmonary Fibrosis communities on Inspire.

Each Breath BLog

Our latest post "Secondhand Smoke - What Apartment and Condominium Residents Need to Know" looks at how harmful secondhand smoke can get into their homes, and how to reduce that risk by encouraging multi-unit buildings to go smokefree.  In addition, a guest post by a doctor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains "Four Key Things You Should Know About Legionnaires' Disease."

Everything we do, we do with your generous and enduring support. When we provide parents with information to help them better manage their child's asthma, help lung cancer patients learn about their treatment options, or provide the COPD patient with group support and education, it's because you've made it possible. THANK YOU for all you do to support healthy air and healthy lungs!

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