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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • Celebrate National Coloring Book Day with the American Lung Association
    August 2, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    National Coloring Book Day is Tuesday, August 2. Celebrate with the American Lung Association by creating your own masterpiece with one of our lung coloring book pages!
    Related Topic:  Arts & Entertainment
  • Can Blood Pressure Medication Help with COPD?
    July 31, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    The American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Pulmonary Trials are teaming up to conduct a study to see if a common blood pressure medication can help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Can a Thunderstorm Trigger an Asthma Attack?
    July 26, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    There are few things as ominous as thunder. It says there’s a storm coming, or somewhere lightning has struck. But can a thunderstorm actually make you sick? The answer is yes!
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • How Your Lungs Get the Job Done
    July 20, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Your lungs work hard. Even when you're resting, they're diligently transporting oxygen into your bloodstream and moving carbon dioxide out. They're part of a serious business run by an intricate structure of organs and tissues — aka your respiratory system.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever
    July 13, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Cases of valley fever have gone up 400 percent from 1998-2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why the increase? New research has spotlighted one possible explanation – increased dust storms due to climate change.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Support from Day One: Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment
    July 11, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Talk to any two lung cancer patients about their treatment and you might get two very different experiences. Your treatment options depend on the type and stage of your cancer, as well as your overall health and your preferences.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Climate Change and Air Quality: How Worsening Wildfires and Heat Waves Affect Lung Health, and What to Do About It
    July 7, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    From the more than 20 wildfires currently scorching the western United States to more intense and frequent heat waves, the fingerprint of our changing climate is visible today. And these changes can have dangerous consequences for American families, now and for generations to come.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,

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