Lung disease – great suffering without treatment
Hundreds of millions of people all over the world suffer from chronic lung diseases, of which only a few are treatable. For a long time, there was insufficient awareness of the importance of research into lung diseases. For this reason, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) declared 2010 to be the Year of the Lung.
Diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are increasingly developing into major common diseases – they are partially treatable, but they cannot be cured to date. Lung diseases mean great suffering for the patients, who are greatly restricted in all areas of life by enormous difficulty in breathing. Although risk factors for lung diseases such as air pollution and smoking are known, it is still unclear how and why the organic changes arise and which environmental and genetic factors can promote the diseases.
The Lung Information Service provides independent and scientifically substantiated information
On behalf of the German Center for Lung Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München therefore established a new Lung Information Service that is available free of charge to patients, their family, and the interested public. It collects insights from research and medicine and prepares them in a comprehensible way.
The staff of the Lung Information Service has the background support of a team of scientists and medical professionals from the German Center for Lung Research. Thanks to this direct connection to research, the Lung Information Service guarantees that the information it provides is up-to-date, objective, and valuable.
Lung Information Service