“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

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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

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

New Yorkers are Living Longer. Are Anti-Smoking Ads to Thank?

Source: NY1

The NYC’s Department of Health reports that NYC residents born in 2007 can expect to live around 79.5 years. That’s a five month gain over 2006’s estimate and a gain of one year and seven months since 2001.

NY1 News reports that City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley credits New Yorkers for listening to advice regarding quitting smoking, being more active and following better diets.

The city’s push on “in-your-face anti-smoking ads”, calorie counts in fast food restaurants and decreased salt quantities may also be to thank. NY1 also reports that smoking deaths in people 35 years and older are down more than 11% over the last 5 years.

NY1’s full article can be found here.

Free COPD and Research Study Brochures

Please be sure to see our new research study brochures, for smokers and non-smokers, as well as our COPD brochure. All brochures are available for downloading, free of charge.

Study Brochure-Smokers (pdf version)

Study Brochure-Non-Smokers (pdf version)

Weill Cornell Medical College is Seeking Volunteers for a Research Study

Additional information about this study can be found on ClinicalTrials.gov

Please click here to see additional studies run by the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

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

If you qualify and complete all tests and visits, you will receive 4 free lung health exams and $1,800.00 in compensation.

The study will follow you over 12 months and consist of 9 study visits:

4 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:

Initial screening: $50

Initial bronchoscopy: $200

Month 3 exam and bronchoscopy: $350

Month 6 exam and bronchoscopy: $350

Month 12 exam and bronchoscopy: $350

Study completion bonus: $500

For more information, please call Mylene at 646-962-2672

IRB Approved Protocol #0905010391

IRB Approval Date: 12/1/09

Expires: 8/9/10

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