As regular readers know, 2010 is the Year of the Lung. Personally, I'd love to see it get more coverage in the mainstream media. Everyone knows about stroke prevention, heart disease etc. Most people have no idea about routine lung health. Sure, most Americans know smoking isn't good for the lungs, but beyond that, it isn't usually part of the routine health screening etc.
Year of the Lung is designed to bring greater attention to lung health issues and the need for more research dollars for lung disease research of all kinds.
I got this wild idea that if the lung patients of the world singled out a media outlet and expressed their interest in coverage of Year of the Lung (or the fact that we're even out here) perhaps it would get some attention.
I decided to start with Science Friday on NPR because I happen to love the show and because I think their audience, while not entirely medical, do tend to be influencers.
I would urge readers to post to the Science Friday Web page, or their Facebook page (the one that says company) and let them know you're interested in lung health coverage and Year of the Lung.
You don't have to be someone with lung disease - you only have to care about someone who has lung disease - and hey, if you're here reading then you likely know me so that's a start!