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March 2016 Articles

  • A Fish with a Lung? Meet Granddad
    March 29, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Lungs are essential to life, and not just for humans. Today we want to introduce you to Granddad, a 100-year-old lungfish whose unique respiratory system—having both gills and a lung—not only help him to survive, but may also be key to the evolutionary origins of the lung.
    Related Topics:  Arts & Entertainment, Science,
  • Close up of hand texting on smartphone Texting to Stop TB
    March 23, 2016  |  Eyal Oren, PhD
    A Lung Association-funded project is examining new ways to increase the likelihood that individuals will complete their treatment for latent TB through a series of text message reminders and motivators. The thought is that by tailoring a text reminder system for patients who self-administer medications to regularly take their medications, we may be able to improve adherence to latent TB treatment and provide evidence for adopting or expanding reminder and adherence systems.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science, Research,
  • How's the Air in There?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Most of us spend more time indoors than outdoors. That means you breathe a whole lot more indoor air. So, how is the air in there? Whether you’re at home, school or work, what’s filling up your lungs can affect your health in a big way!
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Retire Unhealthy Air at Work
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Is the air at work making you sick? If so, it’s time for that air pollution at work to retire! Whether you work in an industrial or office setting, common allergens, irritants and asthma triggers may be closer than you realize.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • The Unwelcome House Guest: Air Pollution
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Ben Franklin once said “House guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” One house guest that really stinks is air pollution! You might be surprised to learn that the air in your home-sweet-home may not be so sweet.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Does Your Air at School Pass or Fail?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    We all want our children to be safe. But often, the air in their school is a “D” student. Air pollution in the classroom affects how children learn, and can harm their growing lungs. And when you think about how much time kids spend at school, cleaning up that air becomes an important assignment! Notebooks and pencils ready?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Seal saying hiccup in a speech bubble The Inconvenient Hiccup
    March 17, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Most of us are pretty familiar with this mysterious error message the human body gets occasionally. But what exactly is a hiccup?
  • How Pulmonary Rehab Helps You Breathe
    March 14, 2016  |  Joelle Klein, contributing writer
    For many patients diagnosed with chronic lung conditions such as COPD, attending a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program can be a lifesaver—literally and figuratively.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Woman standing over metal bowl making flatbread next to smoking branches Close to Home: Cookstove Smoke Places 3 Billion Lives at Risk from Indoor Air Pollution
    March 8, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    When you think of really bad air pollution, it’s probably the thick haze often wrapped around the buildings and highways in Beijing and Delhi. But for women in countries around the world, air quality risks can be much closer to home.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Five people standing in front of capitol building The Urgent Need for Increased Lung Cancer Research Funding
    March 4, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    It’s not just that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer. The startling truth is that on average, close to half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not survive one year. New treatment options are desperately and urgently needed to save lives, and the American Lung Association has made supporting lung cancer research a top priority.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Research,
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