Local health leaders are warning a potential rollback of clean car standards put in place under the Obama administration will undo years of work to curb pollution and threatens the health of Hamilton County residents. The Trump administration is considering the proposal and is expected to make an announcement in the coming week. American Lung Association representatives both at the state and national level are joining a nationwide effort from environmentalists, health officials and some legislators to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to keep the regulations intact. "It would create a lot of uncertainty in the market because the world is moving toward more efficient vehicles," said Paul Billings, national senior vice president of public policy with the American Lung Association. "It will create competitive disadvantage in the global market, but more importantly, it will mean we have more greenhouse gas emissions that will drive more climate change, which will lead to more … [Read more...] about American Lung Association warns against potential clean car standard deregulation
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Gallery: Bronchoscopy procedure gives hope in fight against lung cancer Accurate lung cancer diagnosis requires a biopsy, but sampling small nodules using regular technology is like trying to find a quarter in a swimming pool, said Dr. Otis Rickman. "You jump in the water, and if you don't have goggles or gear, you can't see the quarter — you're just groping around blindly," said Rickman, director of interventional pulmonology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "Fortunately, there's somebody who's pioneering the way for this type of lung biopsy, and he happens to be right here in Chattanooga." Dr. Krish Bhadra, an interventional pulmonologist with CHI Memorial's Standefer Lung Center, is one of two or three physicians in the nation now using cone beam CT bronchoscopy, Rickman said. Memorial was the first site in the world to use the technology, which lets a doctor guide a scope through patients' mouths into the lungs and accurately grab pieces of suspicious tissue using … [Read more...] about Bronchoscopy procedure gives hope in fight against lung cancer [photos]
WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday announced a major shift in enforcement of the landmark Clean Air Act to include feedback from state and local governments and others on the economic impact of federal pollution limits.The initiative sets the stage for potential legal battles over how the United States enforces the 48-year-old law combating air pollution. Federal law and U.S. Supreme Court decisions require the EPA to focus on public health — not costs — in setting limits for smog, soot and other pollutants under the Clean Air Act.Pruitt said the overhaul was part of his drive to give states and local governments more say in environmental decisions.But a former chairman of EPA science advisory committees called it worrisome. “The Clean Air Act does not call for a balancing of benefits and costs” in setting federal limits for pollutants, said M. Granger Morgan, who led EPA advisory panels under Republican and … [Read more...] about Pruitt shifts Clean Air Act focus from Americans’ health to economic impact on polluters
More than two of every five Americans reside in counties with unhealthy levels of smog and air pollution, thanks largely to the effect of global warming, health researchers report. Ozone levels spiked in the United States in 2016, which was the nation's second-hottest year on record, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report, released Wednesday. "As heat increases, ozone forms more rapidly, so we had more cities with more ozone days," said report author Janice Nolen, assistant vice president of national policy for the lung association. "We saw a lot of evidence in 2016 of the impact that climate change and global warming is going to have on us." Of the 25 cities with the highest ozone levels, 16 experienced an increase in high-ozone days in 2016, the report found. Many were in smog-plagued California. However, the report also said that levels of "dirty" air pollution are decreasing in the United States, as tailpipes and smokestacks produce cleaner … [Read more...] about Nearly half of Americans breathe dirty air, report finds
Joan Cousins was among a generation of young women who heard — and bought into the idea — that puffing on a cigarette was sophisticated, modern, even liberating. No one suspected it would make them more than equal to men in suffering a choking, life-shortening lung disease. “Everybody smoked. It was the cool thing to do,” said Cousins, who smoked her first cigarette 67 years ago at age 16. But one day, Cousins started coughing and could not stop — or take a deep breath. She drove to a hospital, where doctors told her she had a progressive lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “Not breathing was so scary … that I never had another cigarette,” Cousins said. COPD traditionally was considered a man’s disease, but it now kills more women in the United States than men. Women account for 58 percent of the 14.7 million people in the U.S. living with the disease and 53 percent of those who die from it, according … [Read more...] about ‘Scary’ lung disease now afflicts more women than men in U.S.