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ATS Recognizes World No Tobacco Day

On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, the American Thoracic Society and members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), called for renewed efforts to strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in all countries, in order to work towards achieving the United Nations (UN) Global Goals for Sustainable Development to ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for all, at all ages.

Tobacco contributes to millions of deaths globally each year, and smoking tobacco cigarettes is the main cause of many lung diseases. Approximately half of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths and 8 out of 10 cases of lung cancer are attributable to current and past smoking. Tobacco also fuels the global epidemic of tuberculosis.

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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Releases Update Series

Throughout the summer, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) is releasing its annual Update Series, which reviews articles published last year. For the first time, the articles will include authors from each of the three current American Thoracic Society journals.

The series will address research in Asthma/Airway Inflammation, CF, COPD, Critical Care/ARDS, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Lung Infections and Tuberculosis. By including authors from the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and Annals of the American Thoracic Society, the AJRCCM Update Series will highlight diverse advances across the field in each of the chosen disease areas, from a variety of perspectives.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation Announces Journal Club

Join the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly for a presentation of “Enabling patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to identify and express their support needs to health care professionals: A qualitative study to develop a tool,” published by Palliative Medicine.

Samantha Harrison, PhD, of Teeside University in the UK will present. Two authors of the paper, Morag Farquhar, PhD, of the University of East Anglia, UK, and Carole Gardener of Cambridge University, will join the conversation. Anand Iyer, MD, and Rafael Mesquita, PT, will serve as online discussion panelists. The discussion will be moderated by Claire Nolan, PhD.
Please contact Claire Nolan with questions.

When:  12 p.m. EDT, June 19, 2019
Where: Online. Register now! Please use a landline phone or VoIP for the call.


LAM Week at the ATS

As part of "LAM Week at the ATS," and in conjunction with PAR partner the LAM Foundation, the American Thoracic Society will host a webinar, "Things Every LAM Patient Should Know," presented by Nishant Gupta, MD, of the University of Cincinnati.

When: 2 - 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Where: Online. Register now!


Reminder: Second EGPA Collaborative Webinar TOMORROW

Join us for the second installment of the FREE webinar, “The EGPA Collaborative: The Patient Journey and Cases of Appropriate Multidisciplinary Management,” available tomorrow June 6, 2019.

This webinar, presented by the American Thoracic Society in partnership with AKH Inc., will address the diagnosis, treatment initiation, and long-term monitoring of this rare eosinophilic disorder. You will learn how to:

Review the clinical presentation, and signs and symptoms of EGPA.

  • Describe the ANCA-associated vasculitides.
  • Describe the diagnostic evaluation of EGPA.
  • Identify treatment options for initial therapy and recalcitrant disease.

The presenting faculty is comprised of ATS members and EGPA experts, including:

  • Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc, Chair.
  • Philip Seo, MD, MHS.
  • Praveen Akuthota, MD.

Register now!

To view the first installment of the webinar series, click here