A week ago Sunday I learned that my younger cousin C had passed away. C did not have cancer. She had pulmonary fibrosis. " Pulmonary fibrosis is the formation or development of excess fibrous connective tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs. It is also described as "scarring of the lung".(wikipedia) " On MedPage Today I read the article "Pulmonary Fibrosis and the End of an Era for Jerry Lewis and the MDA".
In July, a bill was introduced in Congress called the "The Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Enhancement Act".The bill would expand research and awareness, create a National Pulmonary Advisory Board and a National Pulmonary Fibrosis Registry. Some of the latest research into pulmonary fibrosis has found a link between the disease and gastroesophogeal reflux. The current level of research funding for lung diseases - other than cancer- is $ 1.269 billion annually. There are many chronic illness that also deserve those valuable research dollars.
Check out the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation site for more information.
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