Back in May I was in New Orleans with Donna, Ashley and Karen attending the American Thoracic Society meeting, along with many other lung health advocates. Thankfully I didn't smell a wiff of oil. It was miles and miles away. Still, the BP disaster in the Gulf will have long-term impact on the lung health of many in the region. It might not surface for years, but chances are, like the 911 responders that now have pulmonary fibrosis from exposure, many of these Gulf workers cleaning up the oil may one day have various lung ailments as a result.
Teresa Barnes with the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis is the current chair of the Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR) of the ATS. She wrote a great editorial in the most recent PAR newsletter. Here's the link if you're interested.