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2016 Articles

  • What the Heck Is a "Rider"?
    September 6, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    In the world of Congress, a rider isn't a person who takes a train or bicycle. It's actually a term for a type of amendment to legislation. And while the name sounds harmless, riders are actually a huge problem.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Anyone with Lungs Can Get Pneumonia, Including Our Pets
    August 23, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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. 
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • High Water Threatens Lung Health Even After the Rains End
    August 19, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    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.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Many State Medicaid Programs Fall Short of Adequate Home Intervention Coverage for Asthma Care
    August 18, 2016  |  Michael McKnight, Vice President of Policy and Innovation, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
    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.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • What This Summer's Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean for Lung Health
    August 16, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Traveling? How's the Air There?
    August 11, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Checking the weather forecast wherever you're going is a common part of vacation planning. But have you thought to check the air quality?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • How a School District in Texas is Helping Children with Asthma
    August 9, 2016  |  Diane Rhodes
    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
    August 2, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
  • 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
  • Do You Have Your 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
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