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New research about chronic lung disease presented at CHEST 2008
Date:10/28/2008

Health registry, the French Registry, and a large, single-center US registry. The REVEAL registry confirms that in the 21st century, the US population of patients with PAH is older (mean age of 48), with a higher female preponderance of PAH (4:1) than reported previously. In addition, despite increased awareness of PAH, the time from symptoms to diagnosis has increased by 10 months.

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HERBAL REMEDIES MAY HELP PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED LUNG CANCER

(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

The use of herbal remedies may be an effective supportive therapy to control symptoms and improve quality of life in patients with advanced stage lung cancer. Researchers from Jafary Medical Clinics in West Virginia followed 15 patients with end-stage primary lung cancer who failed to improve with a conventional treatment of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Patients were treated with American ginseng for fatigue, morphine sulfate for control of severe dyspnea and pain, licorice root powder for control of severe coughing spells, and bilevel pressure ventilation for respiratory depression related to IV morphine. Two patients also were taking oldenlandia, a Chinese herb for lung cancer. Results showed that licorice and ginseng were effective therapies for the majority of patients, and morphine, used as nebulizer in two patients, was effective in the control of marked dyspnea and pain. One patient lived 4 months using the supportive therapy, while the remaining patients lived 6 to 12 weeks.

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ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS MAY IMPROVE STRENGTH IN COPD PATIENTS

(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may improve muscle strength and exercise endurance by taking essential amino acid supplements. For 3 months, researchers from Italy treated 20 patients with stage 3 and 4 COPD with 8 g of essential amino acids plus usual pharmacologic treatment. Compared with 20 patients in
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Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
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847-498-8306
American College of Chest Physicians
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