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Today marks World Lung Day, and this year’s theme is “healthy lungs for all.”

To raise awareness, medical societies, advocacy groups and other organizations are hosting a number of events and social media campaigns and publishing unique journal content in support of global lung health.

According to the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), lung disease affects a significant number of people around the world:

  • Currently, 384 million patients are living with COPD and 3 million die from the disease each year.
  • Globally, 334 million people have asthma — a chronic disease that affects 14% of children.
  • Lung cancer, currently the world’s deadliest cancer, claims an additional 1.76 million lives a year.
  • Ten million people develop tuberculosis and 1.6 million die from it each year.
  • Pneumonia, which claims millions of lives each year, is one of the leading causes of death in the very young and very old.
  • Of the world’s population, 91% resides in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits.

Due to the prevalence of lung-related illness, this year’s World Lung Day theme focuses on universal health coverage, as disruptions in care can lead to the unavailability of medications or delayed diagnoses, both of which can prove fatal for some patients, according to statements posted on the FIRS and Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) websites. Therefore, both FIRS and GINA are encouraging the lung health community to raise awareness of the burden of respiratory disease while also advocating for universal coverage.

Participants are encouraged to share how they are raising awareness by using the hashtag #WorldLungDay on social media.

International events are also being held in observance of the day, including a lung disease conference at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a lung cancer workshop hosted by the Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation at the Université Caraïbe in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In honor of World Lung Day, Healio Pulmonology has selected six recent articles highlighting new research in respiratory diseases.

Budesonide-formoterol reliever therapy outperforms maintenance plus as-needed therapy for preventing asthma exacerbations

Data from the PRACTICAL study showed that budesonide-formoterol reliever therapy in a single inhaler for patients with mild to moderate asthma was associated with a 31% reduction in the risk for severe exacerbations, as compared with maintenance budesonide plus terbutaline reliever therapy. Read more

Q&A: Promise of C-reactive protein testing in COPD

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that using a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to guide treatment for COPD exacerbations in primary care lessened the use of antibiotics without worsening outcomes for patients. Read more

Non-small cell lung cancer associated with poorer prognosis in older patients with IPF

Non-small cell lung cancer is associated with poorer prognosis and has a unique presentation in elderly patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a recently published study showed. Read more

FDA approves Nabriva’s Xenleta to treat CABP in adults

The FDA approved Xenleta, a novel antibiotic to treat adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia, or CABP. Read more

TB rates declining among US children, but disparities persist

Although the rate of new tuberculosis cases among U.S. children and adolescents has decreased by nearly half in recent years, incidence of the disease remains disproportionately high among certain ethnic, racial and geographic communities, researchers reported in The Lancet Public Health. Read more

Air pollution may raise mortality risk

In a study of more than 600 cities around the world, short-term exposure to air pollutants was linked to increased risks for all-cause, cardiovascular and respiratory mortality. Read more

For more information on World Lung Day, please visit the FIRS website: https://firsnet.org/index.php/news-and-events/news-article/132-world-lung-day.

Today marks World Lung Day, and this year’s theme is “healthy lungs for all.”

To raise awareness, medical societies, advocacy groups and other organizations are hosting a number of events and social media campaigns and publishing unique journal content in support of global lung health.

According to the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), lung disease affects a significant number of people around the world:

  • Currently, 384 million patients are living with COPD and 3 million die from the disease each year.
  • Globally, 334 million people have asthma — a chronic disease that affects 14% of children.
  • Lung cancer, currently the world’s deadliest cancer, claims an additional 1.76 million lives a year.
  • Ten million people develop tuberculosis and 1.6 million die from it each year.
  • Pneumonia, which claims millions of lives each year, is one of the leading causes of death in the very young and very old.
  • Of the world’s population, 91% resides in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits.

Due to the prevalence of lung-related illness, this year’s World Lung Day theme focuses on universal health coverage, as disruptions in care can lead to the unavailability of medications or delayed diagnoses, both of which can prove fatal for some patients, according to statements posted on the FIRS and Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) websites. Therefore, both FIRS and GINA are encouraging the lung health community to raise awareness of the burden of respiratory disease while also advocating for universal coverage.

Participants are encouraged to share how they are raising awareness by using the hashtag #WorldLungDay on social media.

International events are also being held in observance of the day, including a lung disease conference at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a lung cancer workshop hosted by the Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation at the Université Caraïbe in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In honor of World Lung Day, Healio Pulmonology has selected six recent articles highlighting new research in respiratory diseases.

Budesonide-formoterol reliever therapy outperforms maintenance plus as-needed therapy for preventing asthma exacerbations

Data from the PRACTICAL study showed that budesonide-formoterol reliever therapy in a single inhaler for patients with mild to moderate asthma was associated with a 31% reduction in the risk for severe exacerbations, as compared with maintenance budesonide plus terbutaline reliever therapy. Read more

Q&A: Promise of C-reactive protein testing in COPD

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that using a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to guide treatment for COPD exacerbations in primary care lessened the use of antibiotics without worsening outcomes for patients. Read more

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Non-small cell lung cancer associated with poorer prognosis in older patients with IPF

Non-small cell lung cancer is associated with poorer prognosis and has a unique presentation in elderly patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a recently published study showed. Read more

FDA approves Nabriva’s Xenleta to treat CABP in adults

The FDA approved Xenleta, a novel antibiotic to treat adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia, or CABP. Read more

TB rates declining among US children, but disparities persist

Although the rate of new tuberculosis cases among U.S. children and adolescents has decreased by nearly half in recent years, incidence of the disease remains disproportionately high among certain ethnic, racial and geographic communities, researchers reported in The Lancet Public Health. Read more

Air pollution may raise mortality risk

In a study of more than 600 cities around the world, short-term exposure to air pollutants was linked to increased risks for all-cause, cardiovascular and respiratory mortality. Read more

For more information on World Lung Day, please visit the FIRS website: https://firsnet.org/index.php/news-and-events/news-article/132-world-lung-day.

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