2009 Better Breathing Conference set for Thursday, Nov. 5, at UT Health Science Center at Tyler

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Not many people are aware that lung disease is the number three killer in the United States, responsible for one in six deaths, according to the American Lung Association.

In addition, more than 35 million Americans live with lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.

If you have one of these illnesses, or you want to learn how to protect your lungs and prevent disease, the 2009 Better Breathing Conference is for you.

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Biomedical Research Center Auditorium on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, at the intersection of Texas 155 and U.S. 271 in Tyler.

Three experienced physicians will offer information about how you can breathe better and keep your lungs healthy.

The topics and their presenters are:

“H1N1 & the Flu: Protect Yourself & Your Family,” Jeffrey Levin, MD, who is board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine;

“COPD: Breathing Easier – From Distress to Hope,” Eli Azzi, MD, who is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, and pulmonary disease; and

“Eyes Wide Open: The Truth about Sleep & Your Health,” James Stocks, MD, who is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary disease, and sleep disorders.

In addition, there will be exhibits, screenings, and educational presentations.

The conference is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. A complimentary lunch and valet parking will be provided.

For more information or to register, call (903) 877-7147.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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