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National Emphysema Foundation


128 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851






The National Emphysema Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by emphysema, asthma, and related disorders through education, research, and direct patient care. Emphysema is a lung disease characterized by destructive changes of the tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli). Asthma is a common condition characterized by recurrent episodes of wheezing and shortness of breath due to widespread narrowing of the airways in the lungs. Established in 1971, the National Emphysema Foundation is sponsored by the Hinds Research Center, Norwalk Hospital, and Norwalk, Connecticut. The Foundation works with academic institutions and public agencies worldwide to study emphysema and to heighten awareness of the disease internationally. In addition, the Foundation is committed to serving as a source of information on emphysema and other lung diseases. The Foundation's comments are based on professional advice, published experience, and expert opinion but do not represent therapeutic recommendation or prescription. The Foundation also maintains a web site on the Internet that discusses the organization's mission and goals and provides understandable information on pulmonary health, emphysema, asthma and related disorders.

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