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On a humid day in urban China, a thick haze of smog can make people across the street virtually invisible. The evidence of air pollution in China is jarring at best. At worst, it's toxic--air pollution can lead to cancer, respiratory infections, nervous system problems, and birth defects. Worldwide, air pollution is to blame for about 7 million deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization. It's a problem too large to ignore, even from halfway around the globe. So the University of Minnesota's David Pui, Ph.D., convened a group of his fellow faculty members and arranged a meeting with colleagues in China to address the health effects of this pollution.

(Photo: Phil Ladisa)

At the University of Minnesota Medical Center today, the lung transplant waiting list is half the length it was six months ago, thanks in part to a new technology that's making more donated lungs worthy of transplantation. "For some patients, that is the difference between life and death," says U assistant professor of surgery and cardiothoracic surgeon Gabriel Loor, M.D.

H. Erhan Dincer, M.D.

Take a deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. For most of us, breathing comes so naturally that we do it without thinking. But for people with asthma, breathing isn’t something to be taken for granted.

(From left to right) Director of the U of M's Cystic Fibrosis Program, Jordan Dunitz, M.D., with lung transplant recipients Jamie Hammer, Paula Muellner, and Meleah Richter.

Three U of M lung transplant recipients climbed 50 flights of stairs at the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Climb for a Cure.

Marcia Fluer (Submitted photo)

Boisterous, spirited, gregarious—all words that describe Marcia Fluer, known to many for her 18-plus years as a Twin Cities TV-news political reporter. Quiet she is not—playfully smiling as she lists “meddling” as a favorite pastime. But Fluer was temporarily silenced in 2001 following a life-threatening bout with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

ARDS landed Fluer in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC), with respiratory failure requiring a mechanical ventilator and a drug-induced coma for 18 days. When she finally returned home, she couldn’t type or write; she was using a walker and had an oxygen tank in tow. But thanks to the care she received at the U, Fluer made a full recovery—and hasn’t lost her inquisitive nature.

Jim Smith. (Submitted photo)

Regular attendees of the St. Francis, Minn., Pioneer Days—complete with amusement park rides, a kids’ tractor pull, and fireworks—came to know the voice of Jim Smith, a parade emcee for many years. In fact, Smith was well known for his community involvement, which extended far beyond his vocal talents.

A publication for those who support lung health research, education and care at the University of Minnesota.

The latest issue of Breathing Easier is now available.


Learning became a global endeavor for Lan Luu and Emily Olson, both University of Minnesota students in the Medical School and School of Public Health, when they traveled to India last August for a research study on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer.


If you would like to support groundbreaking research at the University of Minnesota and also receive steady income for life, a charitable gift annuity may be right for you. Through a simple contract, you agree to make a donation of cash, stocks, or other assets to the Minnesota Medical Foundation. In return, we agree to pay you a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.


Every day in his University of Minnesota lab, researcher Joel McCauley, M.D., confronts a stubborn and challenging adversary -- lung cancer -- but he never labors in isolation. He works regularly with colleagues across the University to find more effective treatments.

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