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Pulmonary fibrosi is a condition in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred, over time. The development of the scarred tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes thicker, your lungs lose their ability to move oxygen into your bloodstream. As a result, your brain and other organs don't get the oxygen they need.

In some cases, doctors can find out what's causing the fibrosis. But in most cases, they can't find a cause. They call these cases idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). IPF is a serious condition. About 200,000 Americans have it. About 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. IPF mostly affects people who are 50 to 75 years of age. IPF varies from person to person. In some people, the lung tissue quickly becomes thick and stiff. In others, the process is much slower. In some people, the condition stays the same for years. IPF has no cure yet. Many people live only about 3 to 5 years after diagnosis. The most common cause of death related to IPF is respiratory failure.
Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

You're looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the American economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. [More]
Four major health institutions jointly receive $7 million for health data research network

Four major health institutions jointly receive $7 million for health data research network

Four major health institutions, including Penn State College of Medicine, have jointly received nearly $7 million to develop and expand a health data research network. [More]
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to nintedanib, an investigational therapy currently under FDA review for the treatment of people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
Emphysema does not worsen lung cancer prognosis beyond pulmonary fibrosis

Emphysema does not worsen lung cancer prognosis beyond pulmonary fibrosis

Patients with combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema who are undergoing treatment for advanced lung cancer do not have a significantly worse prognosis than their counterparts with isolated idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, report Japanese researchers. [More]
Gene variants that lead to longer telomeres boost brain cancer risk

Gene variants that lead to longer telomeres boost brain cancer risk

New genomic research led by UC San Francisco scientists reveals that two common gene variants that lead to longer telomeres, the caps on chromosome ends thought by many scientists to confer health by protecting cells from aging, also significantly increase the risk of developing the deadly brain cancers known as gliomas. [More]
Interim data from Promedior’s PRM-151 Phase 2 myelofibrosis clinical trial to be presented at 19th EHA Congress

Interim data from Promedior’s PRM-151 Phase 2 myelofibrosis clinical trial to be presented at 19th EHA Congress

Promedior, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrosis, today announced that Ruben Mesa, MD, will present interim data from the Company's ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead product candidate, PRM-151, for the treatment of myelofibrosis, in a poster presentation on June 14, 2014 at the 19th Congress of European Hematology Association (EHA) which is being held in Milan, Italy, from June 12-15, 2014. [More]
Patient registry to help clinicians identify, manage people who have progressive lung disease

Patient registry to help clinicians identify, manage people who have progressive lung disease

Duke Clinical Research Institute has launched a patient registry to help researchers and clinicians identify, manage and study people who have a progressive lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. [More]
Fibrogen reports FG-3019 Phase 2 study results for treatment of pancreatic cancer

Fibrogen reports FG-3019 Phase 2 study results for treatment of pancreatic cancer

FibroGen, Inc. today announced results from a Phase 2 open-label study of FG-3019, an investigational anti-fibrotic antibody, in combination with gemcitabine and erlotinib for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). [More]
Promedior reports positive preliminary data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial for myelofibrosis

Promedior reports positive preliminary data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial for myelofibrosis

Promedior, Inc., today announced positive preliminary data from its Phase 2 trial of PRM-151, an anti-fibrotic immunotherapy, in patients with myelofibrosis which demonstrated biologic activity with improvements across clinically relevant measures, including bone marrow fibrosis, hemoglobin, platelets, spleen, and symptoms. [More]
Phase 3 data of VIVACITO study evaluating effect of T+O FDC in COPD presented at ATS conference

Phase 3 data of VIVACITO study evaluating effect of T+O FDC in COPD presented at ATS conference

Boehringer Ingelheim today presented results of the VIVACITO® (NCT01559116) study, the first Phase 3 data to be reported from the TOviTO® clinical trial program, evaluating the effect of the fixed-dose combination of tiotropium and olodaterol (T+O FDC) delivered via the Respimat® inhaler on lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). [More]
Researchers identify drugs to slow progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Researchers identify drugs to slow progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Researchers in separate clinical trials found two drugs slow the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease with no effective treatment or cure, and for which there is currently no therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration. [More]
First Edition: May 19, 2014

First Edition: May 19, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about federal health care subsidies and an update on states small business health exchanges. [More]

Phase III INPULSIS trials show nintedanib slows disease progression in patients with IPF

Results from the Phase III INPULSIS™ trials, published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show nintedanib significantly slowed disease progression in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
FibroGen’s Phase 2a study supports safety and efficacy of FG-3019 in IPF patients

FibroGen’s Phase 2a study supports safety and efficacy of FG-3019 in IPF patients

FibroGen, Inc. (FibroGen) announced today the presentation of clinical data at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference supporting the safety and efficacy of FG-3019 in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a debilitating and life-threatening lung disease for which there is currently no approved therapy in the United States. [More]

PFF Patient Communication Center: The destination for latest disease education information

The newly launched Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Patient Communication Center (PCC) has become the destination for the most up-to-date information for the pulmonary fibrosis community. The PCC now has information about the Expanded Access Program (EAP) for pirfenidone. [More]
Promedior to present interim data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial at ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting

Promedior to present interim data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial at ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting

Promedior, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrosis, today announced that principal investigator, Srdan Verstovsek, MD, PhD, will present interim data from the Company's ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead product candidate, PRM-151, for the treatment of myelofibrosis, in a poster presentation on June 2, 2014 at the American Society for Clinical Oncology 2014 Annual Meeting. [More]
Protein molecule seems to slow progression of deadly lung disease

Protein molecule seems to slow progression of deadly lung disease

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered a protein molecule that seems to slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive lung disease that is often fatal three to five years after diagnosis. [More]

Boehringer announces first results of Phase III INPULSIS trials at 2014 ATS International Conference

Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that the first results of the two confirmatory Phase III INPULSISTM trials, investigating nintedanib* in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), will be presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference taking place 16 - 21 May in San Diego [More]
Study shows pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α can speed recovery in mouse with  pulmonary fibrosis

Study shows pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α can speed recovery in mouse with pulmonary fibrosis

Inflammation has long been considered an integral part of the biological process that leads to deadly scarring in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. New research at National Jewish Health, however, suggests that a little inflammation may also be crucial to the healing and repair processes in the lungs. [More]

Genoa Pharmaceuticals, McMaster University report additional benefits of GP-101 for IPF patients

Genoa Pharmaceuticals, the leader in inhaled medicines for pulmonary fibrosis, and collaborators Drs. Martin Kolb and Kjetil Ask at McMaster University announced today additional measured advantages of inhaled GP-101 (aerosol pirfenidone) in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]