Promising New Diagnostic for Emphysema

Dr. Crystal and researchers in the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Genetic Medicine have located a potential biomarker of early-stage emphysema. Although further investigation is needed, these findings are promising for early detection of emphysema by a simple blood test.

Please click here to see the full article

Click here to read the abstract in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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“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.

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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

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

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

Are You a Smoker Diagnosed with COPD? Are You Trying to Quit Smoking?

The Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is seeking smokers, ages 18 or older who have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 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 hrs each and 5 visits to provide routing 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 646-962-2672 for more information

IRB approved protocol #0905010391

Approval Date: 10.26.09

The Cost of Smoking Goes Beyond the Pack

Source: MSN Money by Hilary Smith

If the risk of acquiring smoking related illnesses, such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, aren’t enough to persuade you to stop smoking, perhaps the financial consequences will. The financial cost of smoking doesn’t merely include the cost of a pack of cigarettes (which has increased to about $10 per pack in New York City), but also extends into added lifestyle maintenance and could even result in a decreased value of real estate.

As far as personal appearance is concerned, smokers tend to have yellow teeth, bad breath and stinky clothes, all of which cost money to fix. Teeth whitening can cost a minimum of $1,000 for a laser treatment and anywhere from $250+ at a dentist’s office. Most dental plans also only cover a maximum of 2 cleanings per year which is not enough to maintain the dental health of a  pack-a-day smoker.

Depending on the brand, gum costs an average of $1.25 per pack; by purchasing one or two packs per week, to try and cover that smoker’s breath, one could spend up to $75-$130 a year just on gum alone.

Smokers are also more likely to have their clothes dry-cleaned at least one extra time per month. Cleaning a suit or a coat one extra time a month at a cost of around $12, means that you could spend an additional $144 per year. If that seems like a small chunk of change, add it to the $130 spent on gum and $250 spent on teeth whitening, that equals $524 in addition to the $3,640 yearly cost of cigarettes (at $10 per pack, 1 pack per day). Do you smoke in your house? Don’t forget to factor in your family’s extra dry cleaning and health costs.

In addition to personal appearance, the financial consequences of smoking extend to your home. Thinking about selling your house? Smokers’ houses will most likely require professional carpet cleaning and new paint and/or wall treatments. According to this article, it would cost more than $2,000 to paint and prime an average-sized living room, dining room and two bedrooms. The article also states that it could cost around $280 to clean 1,000 square feet of carpet. Today’s real estate market is quite competitive; would you buy a house that smelled of stale smoke?

The Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College is offering a free smoking cessation program for eligible smokers. Click here to see who we are recruiting, or call us at 646-962-2672 to hear more about our research study.

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