“The Stark Truth” – What is it like to die from COPD?

The New York City Department of Health launched a new advertising campaign, in early March 2011, which graphically depicts the suffering of those dying from smoking-related lung disease. The city’s new ad campaign hopes to convey the message that dying from smoking-related lung disease is seldom quick and painless.

The Metro New York newspaper covered the launch of the new advertising campaign and asked Dr. Ronald Crystal (Chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine and Principal Investigator) to outline the stages that one goes through, from the development of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD; including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), to death.

The article, in the March 9, 2011 issue, is below in pdf form and can also be downloaded from the Metro NY’s website.

The Stark Truth

3.9.11 edition via Readmetro.com

Dr. Crystal and the Dept. of Genetic Medicine Featured on NY1 TV

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College seem to have made a revolutionary discovery that may inspire more smokers to put out their butts a lot faster.” –NY1

Dr. Ronald Crystal (Chairman of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Principal Investigator) was featured on NY1 television to talk about how a simple blood test may detect signs of emphysema, or lung damage, before symptoms develop in smokers. Smoking is the main cause of lung disease, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema. This simple blood test, is still under investigation; however, Dr. Crystal and researchers in the Department of Genetic Medicine hope that this blood test will help smokers detect signs of emphysema and inspire them to quit before it is too late.

Watch the video

Read the full article by NY1

Dr. Crystal and the Department of Genetic Medicine Featured on CBS News re a Simple Blood Test That May Detect Emphysema

Dr. Ronald G. Crystal (Chairman of the Dept. of Genetic Medicine) speaks to CBS Newspath about a blood test that may detect emphysema

Watch the video here

See full articles from this interview here:

MSN Health

Wcax.com

Science Daily.com

Seeking Hookah (Shisha) Smokers for Research Study

The Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is looking for shisha smokers to participate in a research study, looking at the effects that shisha may have on the lung cells.

Eligible participants can earn $250 in compensation upon completion of the following study visits:

1. Screening visit, including medical history, physical exam, blood and urine tests, EKG, chest X-ray and a breathing test (duration approximately 5 hours): $50 compensation

2. Study visit, including bronchoscopy procedure: $200 compensation

If you are at least 18 years old and smoke shisha (hookah), please call 646-962-2672 to hear more information about our research study

IRB approved protocol #0005004439

 

Are You At Risk for Lung Disease? Free Lung Health Evaluation for Eligible Volunteers

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease caused mainly by cigarette smoking. Symptoms include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing up mucus and chest infections.

If you are a smoker and/or are having trouble breathing, you may be eligible for our research study.

Visits and Compensation:

$50 for completing initial medical exam if eligible

$200 for completing bronchoscopy if eligible

 

Call the Department of Genetic Medicine for more information: 646-962-2672

 

IRB Approved Protocol # 0005004440

Seeking Non-Smokers for Research Study

Research Study

Seeking healthy non-smokers 18 years or older. Participants will be part of a study looking for precursors to lung disease in Weill Cornell Medical College. Offering $50 compensation for completing a screening consisting of a physical exam, Electrocardiogram (EKG), blood, urine tests, breathing test and chest x-ray, and if eligible $200 for completing a bronchoscopy.

Please call Malesa at 646-962-2672

Become Involved in Our Asthma Research! Volunteer for Our Asthma Research Study

If you think you may have asthma, would you like a free lung evaluation to find out?

The Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is looking for asthmatic volunteers (ages 18+) for a research study looking at the effects asthma may have on the lung cells.

If you qualify and complete all tests and visits, you will receive:

1.  A free lung health and medical evaluation (includes physical exam, electrocardiogram (EKG), blood and urine tests, breathing test, questionnaires, chest X-ray and a bronchoscopy procedure)

2.  Free allergy testing for grass pollen, cat, dog, trees, molds and mites

3.  $300 compensation if you qualify and complete all tests and visits

Visits and compensation include:

Screening visit: $50

Initial study visit including bronchoscopy: $200

Blood draw 2 days after bronchoscopy: $50

Please call the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College for more information about the study: 646-962-2672

IRB approved protocol #0005004440

We Can Help You Quit Smoking for Free as Part of Our Paid Research Study

Trying to quit smoking?

As part of our research study we are offering eligible smokers:
-free smoking cessation counseling and medication
-up to $1,800 in compensation by completing 4 medical exams and bronchoscopies

Call the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College for more information: 646-962-2672

IRB protocol #0905010391 Approval Date: 8.4.10

Let Us Help You Quit Smoking for Free

The Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is seeking smokers, ages 18 or older to participate in a paid research study. Participants will be part of a study looking at the effects of smoking on lung disease.

Offering $50 compensation for a free, 3-4 hr, lung health exam consisting of a physical exam, Electrocardiogram (EKG), blood and urine tests, breathing test and a chest x-ray. Eligible volunteers will also receive $200 for a 3-4 hr bronchoscopy procedure.

Eligible volunteers can also participate in a year long study consisting of 8 additional visits:

3 lung health exams (including physical exam, electrocardiogram (EKG), blood and urine tests, chest x-ray and a breathing test) and bronchoscopy procedures lasting 3-4 hours each and 5 visits to provide routine blood and urine tests lasting 30 minutes each.

Compensation:

Month 3 exam and bronchoscopy: $350

Month 6 exam and bronchoscopy: $350

Month 12 exam and bronchoscopy: $350

Study completion bonus: $500

Please call Malesa at 646-962-2672

 

IRB Approved Protocol #0905010391

IRB Approval Date: 8.4.2010

 

Seeking Smokers with COPD for Research Study

Weill Cornell Medical College is seeking smokers with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to participate in a research study

Compensation:

$50 for completing initial medical exam

$200 for completing bronchoscopy if eligible

Call the Department of Genetic Medicine for more information: 646-962-2672

IRB Approved Protocol # 0005004440

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