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June 2012


Why Are Lung Diseases Striking Our Veterans?


Warfighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are displaying increased rates of potentially debilitating and life-threatening respiratory problems. Retired Maj. Scott Weakley has been diagnosed with constrictive bronchiolitis and has been told a lung transplant will allow him to survive. “I do believe that there is hope,” Weakley said. “That’s what keeps me going – this sense of what is going to happen in the future.”

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Retired Maj. Scott Weakley discusses
harsh conditions in combat.

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New Center Created for Deployment-Related Lung Disease

Keep Your Bones Strong With Proper Calcium Intake

Learn About Rich History of National Jewish Health

Get Screening and Treatment at Miners Clinic


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New Center Created for Deployment-Related Lung Disease


The Department of Defense, in collaboration with National Jewish Health physicians, is trying to discover the cause of lung diseases seen in returning veterans. The newly created Center of Excellence on Deployment-Related Lung Disease will conduct care and research to understand the respiratory effects of being deployed overseas and the toxic exposures our military personnel face.

Center of Excellence on Deployment-Related Lung Disease


Keep Your Bones Strong With Proper Calcium Intake


The health of your bones and the amount of calcium you consume go hand in hand. Without enough calcium, your body is at risk for bone loss and bone fractures. If you are not getting enough calcium from your diet, or you take medications such as corticosteroids that may contribute to osteoporosis, calcium supplements are a practical resource to maintain strong bones.

Recommended daily allowance for calcium


Learn About Rich History of National Jewish Health


Our new Facebook timeline offers a visual tour of our institution's heritage and hallmarks – longstanding roots in philanthropy, dedication to charity care, a sustained focus and internationally recognized leadership in groundbreaking research, a remarkable collegial and collaborative culture, and uniquely personal attention for every patient.

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Get Screening and Treatment at the Miners Clinic


The Miners Clinic of Colorado provides free screenings for mining-related illnesses and other conditions. Miners face exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, radiation, noise and chemicals as a result of their occupation. Early diagnosis and corresponding care can improve quality of life and long-term survival.

Additional information on the Black Lung Clinic and the RESEP Clinic.


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