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Army studies seeking combat veterans with lung ailments

The Army has launched several studies that officials hope will help them better treat soldiers with pulmonary illnesses and is looking for volunteers who devloped lung problems while serving downrange, the Air Force Times reported.

The report listed several ongoing studies, including:

  • A study to evaluate troops who have returned from a deployment within the last six months and are experiencing shortness of breath. They undergo pulmonary function tests, a CT scan and a bronchoscopy, which allows doctors to visualize the patient’s airway for abnormalities and extract specimens for further testing. Thirty service members have enrolled; experts are seeking 50. To enroll, talk to your health care provider or call the Brooke pulmonary clinic at 210-916-1136.
     
  • Thousands of volunteers are needed for the Study of Active-Duty Military for Pulmonary Disease Related to Environmental Dust Exposure, also known as STAMPEDE, which monitors their symptoms for 10 years. The study’s registry will accept volunteers for the next five years. About 50 people are in the registry; researchers are seeking about 3,000.
     
  • The Army just received approval to determine the feasibility of doing baseline spirometry tests on all active-duty troops. Spirometry is a commonly used series of pulmonary function tests. The team will seek 1,200 volunteers from soldiers who are at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for combat medic training.

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