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National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. NCEH is committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards - children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Information Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time (closed on Federal holidays.) Health Information Specialists are available to provide information on diseases of the heart, lung, and blood, and sleep disorders and accept orders for publications. The Health Information Center develops and maintains information on NHLBI topics to respond to inquiries, and supports and disseminates materials for NHLBI's national health education and awareness campaigns.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

The primary responsibility of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is the scientific investigation of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. NHLBI oversees resources and research, demonstration, prevention, education, control, and sleep disorders and training activities in these fields. The program emphasizes the prevention and control of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders, and education concerning these diseases through more rapid transfer of knowledge into the mainstream of clinical medicine and personal health practices. Inquiries related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, and blood diseases, as well as any information requests associated with cardiovascular disease prevention and heart-health promotion are handled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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American Association for Respiratory Care

The AARC is a not-for-profit professional association representing more than 37,000 members. For more than 50 years, the AARC has led the respiratory care profession in science, education and research. Its members are committed to providing exemplary respiratory care and improving lung health worldwide. AARC’s mission is to advance the science, technology, ethics, and art of respiratory care through research and education for its members and to teach the general public about pulmonary health and disease prevention.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA), formerly the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, was founded in 1904 to combat tuberculosis. Since 1907, ALA has promoted Christmas Seals to raise public funds to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in America. ALA is primarily a health education agency, emphasizing anti-smoking and clean air activities to prevent and control lung hazards. Its self-management programs teach those suffering from lung disease, such as asthma, how to live with their condition. ALA also creates educational programs to teach lifelong good health habits, and it provides professional education to health care providers to help them deliver effective lung health care to their patients. ALA also awards grants for medical research and sponsors fellowships for young medical professionals to encourage them to specialize in pulmonary care. There are 110 State and local Lung Associations throughout the country. The American Thoracic Society is the medical arm of ALA.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is at the forefront of the nation's efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. The Division of Adult and Community Health (DACH) is charged with managing programs that provide cross-cutting, chronic disease and health promotion expertise. DACH's activities include Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a program developed to impact the nation’s health by reducing chronic diseases related to obesity and tobacco. In addition to supporting programs that foster healthy aging and healthy communities, DASH's Prevention Research Centers (PRC), an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners, conduct prevention research and promote the wide use of practices proven to promote good health.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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National Jewish Medical and Research Center

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center, formerly the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, was founded around the turn of the century to care for the victims of tuberculosis. The Hospital provided treatment for victims, while the Denver Sheltering Home (the Center's forerunner) provided care for children of victims. The two institutions merged in 1978 and now constitute the largest U.S. medical center devoted to the study and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases and immune system disorders, including asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, interstitial lung disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Research activities cover an ever-broadening range of both basic and applied science, from examination of basic life processes to in-depth clinical studies of particular diseases. The Center provides an information service called LUNGLINE, (800)222-LUNG, for individuals with questions about lung diseases and allergies. Beyond the areas of study and treatment listed, LUNGLINE offers information on pneumonia, sarcoidosis, smoking, asbestosis, cystic fibrosis, occupational lung diseases, and other topics. Professional staff publish scientific papers and participate in seminars and conferences. In addition, the Center conducts a formal medical and research fellowship program to train young physicians and researchers in the latest methods of investigating and controlling these illnesses.

Review Date: January 13, 2011

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