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ATS Releases New Clinical Practice Guidelines

The American Thoracic Society has published an official clinical guideline on the evaluation and management of obesity hypoventilation syndrome in the Society’s Aug. 1 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) is a breathing disorder that affects some people who are obese, causing them to have too much carbon dioxide and too little oxygen in their blood. Medically, OHS is defined by the combination of obesity (body mass index ≥30 kg/m2), sleep-disordered breathing and awake daytime hypercapnia (awake resting partial pressure of arterial CO2 or PaCO2 ≥45 mmHg at sea level), after excluding other causes for hypoventilation.
ATS clinical practice guidelines make recommendations for patient care. The recommendations are based upon a systematic review or pragmatic evidence synthesis, and then formulated and graded using the GRADE approach.


2019 Innovations in Fellowship Education Abstract Book Available!

The 2019 Innovations in Fellowship Education abstract book is available online. Check out the latest innovations in fellowship education featuring the 2019 top abstracts from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Wayne State University/John D. Dingell VA Medical Center!

All pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and allergy fellowship programs were invited to submit abstracts showcasing a novel and innovative best practice. Abstracts were reviewed and ranked by the ATS Training Committee.


Assemblies Issue Call for Nominations

As a member of the American Thoracic Society, we greatly value your input. Several ATS assemblies are seeking internal nominations for leadership positions.

Submission of a nomination does not guarantee selection by the Nominating Committee. All final candidates will be contacted by the Nominating Committee Chair or its members.

Deadline:  Aug. 31, 2019


Donate to the ATS Foundation “Funds for the Future” Campaign

Since its inception in 2004, ATS Foundation Research Program Award recipients have gone on to secure $330 million in awards as principal investigators following their ATS funding, from the National Institutes of Health among other public and private funders. The ATS Foundation has awarded more than $19.4 million to 263 early career researchers, which means a return on investment of $17 for every dollar awarded!

Donate today to invest in young researchers. Learn more about the work the ATS Foundation supports!


World Lung Cancer Day

On August 1, World Lung Cancer Day, the ATS, alongside other members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), commemorated, celebrated and supported those impacted by lung cancer. FIRS continues to support the grassroots efforts of the lung cancer community to raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact, creating an educational movement of understanding about lung cancer risks, as well as early treatment around the world.

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, accounting for 2.09 million new cases in 2018. Lung cancer claimed 1.76 million lives in 2018. It is also responsible for nearly one in five cancer deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Lung cancer kills more people yearly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Patients, families and caregivers can download free educational resources from the ATS to learn more about lung cancer, risk factors, screenings and treatment options. Watch this ATS-ALA lung screening video now!