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Farmer’s lung – A disease from the fields
What is Farmer’s Lung? Farmer’s lung is a condition that is caused by an allergic reaction to the mold that is found in certain crops. While the farmers are prone to expose themselves to dust from hay, corn, grass, grain, and tobacco, they are more likely to inhale them in higher concentrations. But, this doesn’t […]
Popcorn Lung: The Disease that Affects Vapers, Smokers, and Popcorn Fans
Vaping has been on the rise for a few years now, with many who stand outside blowing out massive vapour clouds saying the switch from smoking has made them feel better. However, the phrase ‘popcorn lung’ has been lurking around for a while, and it’s never been clear if the disease is real, or simply […]
Jerry Remy Diagnosed with Lung Cancer Relapse
Jerry Remy, the colour analyst for the Boston Red Sox, has been diagnosed and is set to undergo treatment for a relapse of lung cancer, according to NESN (via Chad Finn of the Boston Globe). Remy also announced the news on Twitter. Remy, 64, has been broadcasting Red Sox games since 1988, and NESN announced that […]
Carol Lloyd Dies From Pulmonary Fibrosis
Carol Lloyd, the voice of legendary Australian band, Railroad Gin, has died in a Brisbane Hospital after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Her manager Troy Armstrong sent the following tweet on twitter last night. “It’s with great sadness to tell the world, @CarolRockChick has died peacefully today in the care of the Wesley Hospital. All my […]
Okayama University Team to Conduct Lung Transplant Operation in Vietnam
Okayama University Hospital said Tuesday it will conduct a lung transplant operation on a 6-year-boy in Vietnam on or around Feb. 21. If successful, it would be the first such lung transplant surgery in Vietnam, the hospital said. A team of about 30 people, including surgeons and anesthesiologists, will perform the operation at a hospital […]
INFOGRAPHIC: The Facts About Smoking
Many people start smoking out of peer pressure or stress. Although most of us have been educated on the dangers of smoking while in school, it was more of a basic lesson that did not go in-depth. Here is a helpful infographic that lists the facts about smoking.
INFOGRAPHIC: Stop Smoking Statistics
Many smokers want to quit cigarette smoking, but they either don’t have the drive or the discipline to follow through. Here are some statistics that will put things into perspective and may help you in your journey to quit.
Who Really Should Get Screened for Lung Cancer
In 2013, U.S. health professionals recommended annual lung cancer screenings for adults aged between 55 to 80 who had a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years. This recommendation was based on a study conducted in 2011 called The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). The NLST found that […]
Smoking in Europe Mapped in Infographic
Smoking has become a global pandemic, with more and more countries trying various methods to dissuade the public from picking up a cigarette. However, the number of smokers (including those who use vape pens) has been steadily on the rise. Here is an interesting infographic that has mapped Europe’s smoking hotspots.
Smokers Have a 72% Chance of Getting Deadly Lung Disease
A new study has revealed that some smokers have a 72% chance of being diagnosed with a deadly lung disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as bronchitis or emphysema, is mainly caused by smoking, air pollution and exposure to dust and chemicals at work. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that this will […]
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