Lung Health Anthology Web Cast Archive Now Available

June 3, 2008

The latest Web Cast “The CF Lung Health Anthology” featured information about the hazards of secondhand smoke, exercise and CF, chronic medications and airway clearance techniques (ACT) and the archive of each topic is now available for viewing. The April 30 Web cast was presented in a new four-part format and each part focused on a different aspect of CF pulmonary care. More than 970 people tuned in to watch the Web cast live.

First, Michael Schechter, M.D., M.P.H., of Emory University talked about the hazards of secondhand smoke and smoking for people with CF. Tough questions like “What if a member of our family smokes, but only does it outside, or not when my child is around?” and “How far away from a smoker do you have to be to be safe?” were answered. Phone numbers and Web sites to help people quit and ways to protect any child from secondhand tobacco smoke were presented. Read more about the risks of smoking for people with CF.

Anne Mejia Downs, a physical therapist at the University of Indianapolis, talked about how exercise can help a person with CF. She was joined by Ron Black, who is 31 and has CF. Black helped Downs show simple stretching and muscle-building exercises. He also shared how he fits exercise into his everyday life.

Patrick Flume, M.D., F.C.C.P., from the Medical University of South Carolina, talked about medications that people with CF should talk to their care center about taking every day. 

Finally, Alex Faircloth, 11, and her father Delane joined Mary Lester, a respiratory therapist at the Medical University of South Carolina and talked about ACT. They showed how Alex fits ACT into her busy daily life, and how she does ACT when she is away from home.