According to WebMD, tens of millions have lung disease in the U.S. alone, caused by smoking, infections, or genetic predisposition. On October 26th, we celebrate Lung Health Day in the United States, which is dedicated to raising awareness about chronic lung complications and educating others on how we can make a difference.
Michigan Instruments is dedicated to furthering lung research and health here in the United States—and worldwide.
What are the Most Common Lung Complications?
The most common lung complications in the U.S. include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia.
- Asthma affects approximately 25 million people in the U.S., and is a disease that causes episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest, and coughing. Asthma complications can be avoided by determining trigger attacks or taking medicine.
- COPD refers to a group of diseases which leads to blockage of airflow and trouble breathing. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Sixteen million Americans have this disease, which has no cure. However, there are treatments which include oral steroids, antibiotics, and smoking cessation programs.
- Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that affects about one million people in the U.S. every year. Common causes include viruses, bacteria, smoking, or underlying conditions such as diabetes. This infection can be prevented with vaccines or antivirals.
At Michigan Instruments, our lung simulators are available in Adult and Infant models and can replicate hundreds of healthy and diseased lung conditions. This is all, of course, while providing accurate measurements and data that inform your testing, research, and training.
Lung Health Resources
It’s important to understand the lung complications that affect so many Americans every day. Here are some resources you can use to learn more:
- Respiratory Illnesses | NIOSH | CDC
- Lung Disease Lookup | American Lung Association
- Chronic respiratory diseases
Click here to learn how our lung simulators can provide innovative research and testing on the future of lung health in the U.S. and worldwide.
How Michigan Instruments is Making an Impact
Michigan Instruments is committed to furthering the advancement of lung health in the U.S.—and worldwide. We do this by providing state of the art devices for research.
Additionally, we’re passionate about contributing to education. In the past, we’ve worked with many universities on grants and funding options.
We take pride in teaching students the basic concepts of lung compliance and airway resistance. Our devices provide simulation of a variety of lung conditions and offer a dynamic response to therapy that realistically represents the human pulmonary system.