DISCLAIMER: Editorial comments posted to this web page are those of the Respiratory Medicine Program Committee members and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Respiratory Medicine in the News
Editorial content written by Dr. Alan Kaplan, chair of the Respiratory Medicine SIFP Committee.
Radon levels unacceptable in 25% of New Brunswick Homes (Lung Cancer Risk)
Radon is a risk factor for lung cancer. Epidemiological evidence shows a clear link between lung cancer and high concentrations of radon, with 21,000 radon-induced U.S. lung cancer deaths per year—second only to cigarette smoking (x) Getting your homes tested is the only way you can protect yourself against this colourless, odourless substance.
Fireproof, waterproof, and weatherproof. This was the perfect product, until we found out what it does to lungs. Consider asbestos exposure to your middle aged hard working people in blue colour jobs who may have been exposed. Early diagnosis is the only chance at a cure.
WHO ramps up efforts to eradicate tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is relatively uncommon in Canada, but consider it in aboriginal patients and those born outside of Canada; a very large group of Canadians. Remember the presentation of cough, sputum, weight loss, hemoptysis and night sweats. Consider it when pneumonia does not clear as expected. The diagnostic test is sputum for acid fast bacilli, NOT just a TB skin test. Interestingly, there is an increased risk of reactivation of TB with inhaled corticosteroids, so those CXRs with granulomas that you have been ignoring might be important in those being treated with ICS (as a risk of reactivating latent TB).
Advocacy group says lung cancer patients are underserved
Lung cancer is common and deadly. It happens not just in smokers (see Radon article) so we must be aware of the risk. There is good news regarding new targeted therapies for certain lung cancers so this is no longer the death sentence that it was. In addition, CT scanning for lung cancer screening is something currently in its infancy. Remember, screening smokers with CXR is ineffective as it does not pick up disease in a state where cure is possible.
AARC Congress 2014
December 9 – 12, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2014 World Indigenous Health Conference
Pullman Cairns International
December 15 - 17, 2014
Ontario Thoracic Society - Better Breathing 2015: Global Threats, Local Responses
January 29 - 31, 2015
2nd International Workshop on Lung Health, “COPD: From Guidelines to Real Life” – February 19-21, 2015 Valencia, Spain
The 25th Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition
March 12 - 15, 2015
Gold Coast, Australia
ERS Lung Science Conference
The 13th Lung Science Conference - 'Lung Infection and Immunity'
March 13 - 16, 2015
16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health
March 17–21, 2015
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting
The Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science
March 27 – April 1, 2015
Gold Coast, Australia
Sleep and Breathing Conference
The 3rd international conference of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
April 16–18, 2015
AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference 2015
April 16-18, 2015
Connecting Asthma Care 2015: Australasian Asthma Conference
May 4–5, 2015
American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference
ATS 2015: Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
May 15–20, 2015
4th IPCRG Scientific Meeting
International Primary Care Respiratory Group
May 29 – 30, 2015
The ResHealth 2015 International Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Conference
July 31 – August 3, 2015
Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia
The 5th Conference of the Union Asia Pacific Region
August 31 – September 2, 2015
ASCIA 2015 Conference
The 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
September 9 – 11, 2015
Adelaide, South Australia
ERS International Congress
September 26 – 30, 2015
For more CME/CPD events in your area, please check the CFPC Calendar of Events.