Drink More Green Tea

Conclusion

This study suggests that the consumption of green tea ≥2 times/d is associated with a reduced risk of COPD in Korean populations.

Consuming Green Tea at Least Twice Each Day Is Associated with Reduced Odds of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease in Middle-Aged and Older Korean Adults

Drink more green tea.

Especially if you’re an older Korean.

RA + Interstitial Lung Disease = High Mortality Risk

Medical News: High Mortality with Lung Disease in RA – in Rheumatology, Arthritis from MedPage Today

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who develop interstitial lung disease face a very high mortality risk, a population-based study found.

The risk of death for RA patients who develop interstitial lung disease was nearly triple compared with patients without pulmonary involvement (HR 2.86, 95% CI 1.98 to 4.12), according to Tim Bongartz, MD, and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

And median survival of RA patients after a diagnosis of interstitial lung disease was only 2.6 years, considerably lower than the expected survival of 9.9 years for RA patients of the same age and sex without lung disease (P<0.001), the researchers reported in the June issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Define “Celebratory” Please

“Celebratory” of course refers to the practice of some insurance company underwriting departments to allow non-tobacco rates for applicants with occasional use of cigars and pipes.

Cigars, Pipes No ‘Healthy’ Alternative to Cigarettes – BusinessWeek

The study results show clearly that cigar and pipe smokers are exposed to toxins and run the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive destruction of airways than can be crippling. Emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis are the two major forms of COPD, which is a leading cause of death among U.S. adults.