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EACH Breath: a Blog by the American Lung Association

Breathing is essential to life, and through this blog, we hope to illustrate the importance of lung health. Hear directly from experts, researchers, staff and volunteers about our ongoing fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.

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  • Why Schools Should Stock Asthma Inhalers
    September 21, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    For many children with asthma, flare-ups happen while at school. A quick-relief inhaler can reverse asthma symptoms, but what if the student forgets their inhaler at home and a parent is unable to retrieve it?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness

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  • A Chance to 'Be Rachel' Again. My Pulmonary Fibrosis Story
    September 11, 2017  |  Rachel Szymialowicz
    At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. My parents and I were told that this disease generally presents itself in either of two forms: one that attacks primarily the joints or a systemic version that attacks the internal organs.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • What Goes in an Asthma or COPD Travel Pack?
    September 8, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    An Asthma or COPD Travel Pack can help ensure you have all of the medicines and instructions you need in one, easily accessible place when you leave home. See what you should include.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • When Breath Becomes Air: A Review
    September 5, 2017  |  Heather Mangan, American Lung Association Blog Writer
    I heard about Paul Kalanithi's book, When Breath Becomes Air, long before I actually read it. I knew that Bill Gates and Anne Patchett both raved about it, that it spent 51 weeks on the bestseller list and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, but I was hesitant to read the memoir about a brain surgeon who was diagnosed with lung cancer because I didn't think I could relate to it.
    Related Topic:  Arts & Entertainment
  • Highway Air Pollution and Your Health: Six Things You Need To Know
    August 31, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Labor Day weekend is a prime time for vacations, which means many people will be traveling by car in the coming days. While everyone loves a good road trip, pollution near highways can have serious health impacts, both immediately and in the long term.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Our Favorite Facts About Animal Lungs
    August 24, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    We all know the basics of how our lungs work . We breathe in, filling both of our lungs with fresh air rich in oxygen that fuels our body before exhaling air and waste carbon dioxide. But in the animal kingdom, lungs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
    Related Topic:  Science
  • Making the Most of Your Asthma Medicines
    August 22, 2017  |  Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS
    Nearly 26 million Americans are living with asthma, and you might be surprised to learn that of those, 19 million are adults.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Making Dents in Lung Cancer Discoveries
    August 18, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Mark M. Fuster, M.D., is a pulmonary disease specialist in San Diego and has worked in the field of lung disease for more than 15 years.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Healthcare-associated Legionnaires' Disease a Concern for U.S. Patients
    August 8, 2017  |  Elizabeth A. Soda, M.D.: Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Legionnaires’ disease, a serious type of pneumonia, is a risk in healthcare facilities across the U.S. Unfortunately, the health conditions that cause many people to seek treatment in long-term care facilities and hospitals can also put them at greater risk of getting sick and dying from this lung infection.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • From #42, to 'Saved By The Scan'
    August 4, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    You've quit smoking. Congratulations! Now you're moving forward with a healthier life. Smoking is in the rear view mirror. Maybe it's even been a decade since you quit. However, while your smoking history might not be at the forefront of your mind, there are still steps you should take to protect your health, and maybe even save your life.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,

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