August 2016 Articles
Anyone with Lungs Can Get Pneumonia—Including Our Pets
When Liz and Andrew adopted their first pet together—a pup they named Nola—they were anxious when they noticed her wheezing. A quick call to the shelter raised suspicion for kennel cough, an infectious respiratory disease which can cause a dry cough, decreased energy, a poor appetite, and in severe cases pneumonia.
High Water Threatens Lung Health Even After the Rains End
Floods can be extremely dangerous, and the flood water itself – even after it recedes - may put lung health at risk. To best protect your lung health during and after a flood, here are five quick things to know.
Many State Medicaid Programs Fall Short of Adequate Home Intervention Coverage for Asthma Care
Last month, the American Lung Association released results of its Asthma Care Coverage Project that tracks state Medicaid programs’ coverage of asthma care. The results found that out of 23 states surveyed, only four states covered home visits and interventions without barriers. Three states had coverage but with barriers, another six states had some coverage but barriers were not necessarily always present, and10 states had no coverage for home visits. For a condition as prevalent and serious as asthma, causing over 3,000 deaths each year, these findings are unacceptable.
What This Summer's Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean for Lung Health
Oppressive heat waves are sweeping the country this summer – from California to the Northeast. The serious heat waves we are experiencing are not just uncomfortable – they are part of a trend that has critical implications for our health.
Traveling? How’s the Air There?
Checking the weather forecast wherever you’re going is a common part of vacation planning. But have you thought to check the air quality?
How a School District in Texas is Helping Children with Asthma
Allowing students to carry their quick-relief inhaler with them during the school day and properly using their quick-relief inhaler can prevent or reduce the severity of an asthma episode and keep children healthy, in school and ready to learn. See how this school district in Texas implemented a policy to make it happen.Related Topic: Health & Wellness
Secondhand Smoke - What Apartment and Condominium Residents Need to Know
If you live in an apartment or condominium, you may be living with an unwelcome houseguest – secondhand smoke. Even if no one in your household smokes, secondhand smoke from your neighbors can get into your home in ways you never expected.