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July 2016 Articles

  • Four Key Things You Should Know About Legionnaires' Disease
    July 27, 2016  |  Laura Cooley, MD, MPHTM: Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    A mysterious illness made headlines in Philadelphia this month in 1976. The illness caused a serious type of pneumonia — 182 people got sick and 29 people died. Eventually, this illness would become known as Legionnaires' disease
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Back to School with Asthma Checklist
    July 26, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For the more than 6 million children living with asthma, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness, with more than 10 million lost school days every year. With better asthma management, children are able to feel healthy and safe, and are ready to learn! For a full toolkit and free resources, visit Lung.org/asthma-in-schools.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • The Link between Asthma and Weight
    July 21, 2016  |  Anne E. Dixon
    It’s no secret that many Americans struggle with their weight. If you’re one of them, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 38 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or more (the normal range is 18.5-24.9, and overweight is 25-29.9). But why is this relevant to people with asthma?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • The Health Dangers of Wildfires Are Well Known, Why Not Biomass?
    July 19, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For many Americans, particularly in the western United States, the start of summer also means the height of wildfire season. In this month alone, wildfires blaze in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, Montana and other western states. We can see the direct destruction that wildfires cause. We also track the harmful wildfire smoke that can threaten the lives and health of firefighters, as well as people living hundreds of miles away.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Tracheotomy: Does TV Get it Right? Tracheotomy: Does TV Get it Right?
    July 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    We as a nation love medical dramas. It has to be a fact, as 91 shows related to the genre have been produced since 1951 in North America alone. What’s not to love? A fast-paced environment, strong characters and a little bit of health advice along the way! Except… with such popularity, a lot of writers seem to get their facts confused in order to instill a bit more drama in the story.
    Related Topic:  Arts & Entertainment
  • Outline of lungs over an enlarged image of a popcorn kernel Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes
    July 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Over a decade ago major popcorn manufacturers removed diacetyl from their products because of deaths and hundreds of cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious and irreversible lung disease. But some people are still being exposed to diacetyl - not through food flavorings as a worksite hazard, but through e-cigarette vapor.
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