EFFORTS is a non-profit organization, formed, funded and operated by patients with the disease. Their mission is to promote deeper research for more effective treatment and, hopefully, a cure for emphysema and related lung diseases. The group offers a wealth of information on their website, an active mailing and support list, and links to ongoing studies.
NEF is a non-profit organization that focuses on research, education and patient care. Its website includes articles on pulmonary disease and new treatments. A section of the site is devoted to keeping the lungs healthy.
This division of the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health deals with lung diseases. In addition to offering many pamphlets and books on bronchitis, this organization is a good resource for new treatments and medications under review.
The American Association for Respiratory Care is the national professional association for respiratory therapists and others interested in lung disease. The purpose of the AARC is to provide education to its members on clinical and professional topics and to advance the art and science of respiratory care. It offers many consumer resources including a series of "Check Your IQ" tests.
National Jewish Medical and Research Center Phone: 303/388-4461 Phone: 800/222-LUNG (5864) http://www.njc.org
This is one of the major hospitals and research centers in the U.S. that concentrates mainly on lung and similar diseases. Brochures and other information are available on the website and through the phone hotline.