Navigation Links
Smoking Worsens Prognosis for IPF Patients
Date:1/21/2008

Study tackles anomaly that current puffers live longer with untreatable lung disease

MONDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Current and former smokers with the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have a worse prognosis than nonsmokers, says a British study.

IPF is untreatable, and patients usually die within five years of diagnosis. Previous research had suggested that current smokers with IPF may live longer than former smokers, but the authors of this new study said that was likely due to a "healthy smoker effect."

"Smoking is associated with a higher degree of mortality in IPF, and an earlier finding, suggesting the contrary, was almost certainly due to the fact that smokers tend to stop smoking when disease becomes more severe -- and so current smoking is linked to milder disease," research leader Dr. Athol U. Wells, of the Interstitial Lung Disease Unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, said in a prepared statement.

Publishing in the second issue for January of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Wells and his colleagues analyzed the medical records of 249 IPF patients and found nonsmokers survived longer than current or former smokers.

"We speculate as to whether this reflects disease co-morbidity -- that is, excess mortality from non-pulmonary disease ascribable to smoking -- or an effect of smoking in driving progression of lung disease," Wells said.

The team is doing further research in this area.

"The next step is to pursue the idea that mechanisms linked to smoking cause progression of pulmonary fibrosis. If we can then understand these mechanisms better, this may give us new treatment options," Wells said.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Jan. 15, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Lighting up the powerful global smoking lobby
2. Smoking belies milder disease but worse prognosis for IPF patients
3. Prominent Respiratory Therapist and Author Joins StopSmokingConnection.com as a COPD Expert
4. Smoking in Movies Linked to Kids Lighting Up
5. Hookah Smoking as Tough on Lungs as Cigarettes
6. Smoking rate among New York City teens was lowest on record in 2007
7. Parents Smoking Boosts Childs Allergy Risk
8. Heart attack risk from smoking due to genetics
9. Domestic violence identified as stressor associated with smoking
10. New Report: Tobacco Regulation Would Save Iowa $449 Million in Health Care Costs by Preventing 25,700 Kids from Smoking
11. Statement by the American Legacy Foundation(R) on Youth Smoking Rates
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smoking Worsens Prognosis for IPF Patients
(Date:6/28/2017)... , ... June 28, 2017 , ... ... management and financial planning assistance to clients in southern Montana, is announcing a ... by Zoo Montana. , The outreach programs offered by Zoo Montana provide students ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 28, 2017 , ... ... consulting firm servicing communities throughout the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, is teaming up ... temporary lodgings for families with children receiving treatment in nearby hospitals. , Ronald ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2017 , ... DrugDev ... study is whether they can trust the sponsor to pay them correctly and on ... sponsors and CROs establish payment strategies that encourage sites to work on their studies. ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the Better Care ... Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), would result in 22 million Americans losing their ... , More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the ACA, and ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... , ... A January 18th article on medGadget reports that the ... the year 2024 according to a new report. The article also notes that the ... Los Angeles area clinic Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center says that it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/19/2017)... HORSHAM, Pa. , June 19, 2017  Researchers ... announced today that they will host a live, complimentary ... Perspectives from the benchtop to the real world" on ... PM EDT. This webinar will feature ... a rare look into the manipulation techniques abusers use ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... The Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) has ... and the Biomedical Manufacturing Network to advance ... California by providing a platform for ... workforce development. The primary focus of this alliance is ... well as small and mid-sized biomedical companies. ...
(Date:6/11/2017)... June 10, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... Phase 3 studies of galcanezumab, an investigational treatment for ... data on several key secondary endpoints for galcanezumab compared ... these studies (EVOLVE-1, EVOLVE-2 and REGAIN) will be presented ... meeting in Boston . ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: