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2018 Articles

  • Earth day landscape Earth Day Checklist: 5 Ways You Can Help the Planet and Lung Health by Reducing Air Pollution
    April 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Clean, healthy air is essential to protecting public health and the environment. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, send people to the hospital, shape how kids' lungs develop and can even be deadly. Thanks to safeguards put in place under the Clean Air Act over the last 49 years, our country has made progress in cleaning up and limiting harmful air pollution. But there’s still much work to do before everyone has healthy air to breathe.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Group of LUNG FORCE volunteers Celebrating Volunteer Excellence: Dr. Amy Chuang
    April 16, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's often said that the reason volunteers aren't paid is because their contributions are priceless. Nothing could better describe our thousands of dedicated volunteers all across the country. The American Lung Association was founded by volunteers (in fact, we're the nation's first voluntary health organization), and volunteers remain a vibrant, energizing force in our organization.
  • Illustration of doctor talking about sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis Questions Answered
    April 12, 2018  |  Raul Martinez, patient advocate for Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research; answers by Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, M.D., FCCP, and president-elect of the American College of Chest Physicians
    In early April of 2002, after working at both Ground Zero and the Staten Island Landfill in New York City, I started noticing the first symptoms of sarcoidosis. I began experiencing a lack of sleep, extreme tiredness, skins lesions, difficulty breathing and a lack of appetite. I first attributed these symptoms to a lack of rest and working so many hours, but they started to get worse.
  • Field of oil rig systems In Case You Missed It: EPA Proposes to Revoke Oil & Gas Pollution Protections
    April 4, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to revoke clean air protections that limit oil and gas pollution. As they continue to move forward with rollbacks that have damaging consequences for the health of all Americans, it raises the question, what exactly is the EPA protecting?
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patient Jim Hartmann Why We Need Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Now More Than Ever
    March 29, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Hiking was the first activity that became hard for Jim Hartmann, who had led an active lifestyle traveling, hiking and canoeing. Next, it was climbing stairs at work. He continued struggling for years, thinking his breathlessness was a sign of aging. Four years ago, Jim noticed that even light activities, such as gardening, were leaving him exhausted.
  • 2018 LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day group photo Advocacy Day 2018 - Uniting Together to Defeat Lung Cancer
    March 23, 2018  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    When the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative first issued the Women’s Lung Health Barometer in 2014, we were startled to learn that only 1 percent of women listed lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women, as a top-of-mind health concern.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Female scientist looking into a microscope Scientists, Leaders and Mentors: Advancing Women's Careers in Clinical Research
    March 15, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When Anne Dixon, M.D., first started working with the American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network in 2001 as a junior investigator, she went to her first steering committee meeting with an idea for a study.
  • Ugandan woman holding kerosene lamp for indoor lighting Home Lighting Sources Can Lead to High Levels of Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Uganda
    March 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Dr. Peggy Lai learned a very valuable lesson when she began the preliminary work for her study on indoor air pollution in Uganda: listen to the research participants.
  • Early Diagnosis: The stage at which someone is diagnosed with lung cancer varies by state. New LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer" 2018 Report Looks at the Toll of Lung Cancer Across the Country
    March 2, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Every three and a half minutes, someone in the U.S. will die from lung cancer, accounting for about one in four cancer deaths. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 18.1 percent - much lower than those for many other common cancers, making lung cancer the leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. Why is diagnosing and treating lung cancer so complex?
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Dr. Renee walking up stairs at Fight For Air Climb Training for the Climb with Asthma
    February 27, 2018  |  Dr. Renee from the "The Ask Dr. Renee Show"
    I have recently made a decision to participate in the Fight For Air Climb in Chicago on March 11, 2018. I know you are probably saying, "Why would someone volunteer to climb 180 flights of stairs?!" On top of the physical challenge, I also have severe asthma.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
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