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  • Yoga breathing Yoga, Tai Chi and Your Lungs: The Benefits of Breathing through Exercise
    September 27, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    There are countless health benefits of physical activity and exercise. But for those who live with a lung disease, engaging in a typical workout can be difficult, and without the guidance of a health professional may even be unsafe.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Asthma medication in schools Why Schools Should Stock Asthma Inhalers
    September 21, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    For many children with asthma, flare-ups happen while at school. A quick-relief inhaler can reverse asthma symptoms, but what if the student forgets their inhaler at home and a parent is unable to retrieve it?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Rachel S. and her family at a Fight For Air Climb in 2015. A Chance to 'Be Rachel' Again. My Pulmonary Fibrosis Story
    September 11, 2017  |  Rachel Szymialowicz
    At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. My parents and I were told that this disease generally presents itself in either of two forms: one that attacks primarily the joints or a systemic version that attacks the internal organs.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Backpack with list of contents for an asthma or COPD travel pack What Goes in an Asthma or COPD Travel Pack?
    September 8, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    An Asthma or COPD Travel Pack can help ensure you have all of the medicines and instructions you need in one, easily accessible place when you leave home. See what you should include.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Open book When Breath Becomes Air: A Review
    September 5, 2017  |  Heather Mangan, American Lung Association Blog Writer
    I heard about Paul Kalanithi's book, When Breath Becomes Air, long before I actually read it. I knew that Bill Gates and Anne Patchett both raved about it, that it spent 51 weeks on the bestseller list and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, but I was hesitant to read the memoir about a brain surgeon who was diagnosed with lung cancer because I didn't think I could relate to it.
    Related Topic:  Arts & Entertainment
  • Highway pollution and lung health Highway Air Pollution and Your Health: Six Things You Need To Know
    August 31, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Labor Day weekend is a prime time for vacations, which means many people will be traveling by car in the coming days. While everyone loves a good road trip, pollution near highways can have serious health impacts, both immediately and in the long term.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Animal Lung Facts Our Favorite Facts About Animal Lungs
    August 24, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    We all know the basics of how our lungs work . We breathe in, filling both of our lungs with fresh air rich in oxygen that fuels our body before exhaling air and waste carbon dioxide. But in the animal kingdom, lungs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
    Related Topic:  Science
  • Adults with Asthma Making the Most of Your Asthma Medicines
    August 22, 2017  |  Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS
    Nearly 26 million Americans are living with asthma, and you might be surprised to learn that of those, 19 million are adults.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Dr. Fuster and his wife (front) walking through the finish line at a LUNG FORCE Walk. Making Dents in Lung Cancer Discoveries
    August 18, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Mark M. Fuster, M.D., is a pulmonary disease specialist in San Diego and has worked in the field of lung disease for more than 15 years.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Doctor and patient looking at x-ray Healthcare-associated Legionnaires' Disease a Concern for U.S. Patients
    August 8, 2017  |  Elizabeth A. Soda, M.D.: Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Legionnaires’ disease, a serious type of pneumonia, is a risk in healthcare facilities across the U.S. Unfortunately, the health conditions that cause many people to seek treatment in long-term care facilities and hospitals can also put them at greater risk of getting sick and dying from this lung infection.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Kathy L. From #42, to 'Saved By The Scan'
    August 4, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    You've quit smoking. Congratulations! Now you're moving forward with a healthier life. Smoking is in the rear view mirror. Maybe it's even been a decade since you quit. However, while your smoking history might not be at the forefront of your mind, there are still steps you should take to protect your health, and maybe even save your life.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • National Coloring Book Day Celebrate National Coloring Book Day with the American Lung Association
    August 2, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    National Coloring Book Day is Tuesday, August 2. Celebrate with the American Lung Association by creating your own masterpiece with one of our lung coloring book pages!
    Related Topic:  Arts & Entertainment
  • COPD Patient Can Blood Pressure Medication Help with COPD?
    July 31, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    The American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Pulmonary Trials are teaming up to conduct a study to see if a common blood pressure medication can help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Can a thunderstorm trigger an asthma attack? Can a Thunderstorm Trigger an Asthma Attack?
    July 26, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    There are few things as ominous as thunder. It says there’s a storm coming, or somewhere lightning has struck. But can a thunderstorm actually make you sick? The answer is yes!
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • How Your Lungs Get the Job Done How Your Lungs Get the Job Done
    July 20, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Your lungs work hard. Even when you're resting, they're diligently transporting oxygen into your bloodstream and moving carbon dioxide out. They're part of a serious business run by an intricate structure of organs and tissues — aka your respiratory system.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever
    July 13, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Cases of valley fever have gone up 400 percent from 1998-2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why the increase? New research has spotlighted one possible explanation – increased dust storms due to climate change.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Support From Day One: Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment Support from Day One: Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment
    July 11, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Talk to any two lung cancer patients about their treatment and you might get two very different experiences. Your treatment options depend on the type and stage of your cancer, as well as your overall health and your preferences.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • How Worsening Wildfires and Heat Waves Affect Lung Health Climate Change and Air Quality: How Worsening Wildfires and Heat Waves Affect Lung Health, and What to Do About It
    July 7, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    From the more than 20 wildfires currently scorching the western United States to more intense and frequent heat waves, the fingerprint of our changing climate is visible today. And these changes can have dangerous consequences for American families, now and for generations to come.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Lung Association Research Team in action—Dr. Amali Samarasinghe presents the results of her Biomedical Research Grant. Lung Association Joins the First-Ever COPD National Action Plan
    July 6, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    This May, members of the American Lung Association Research Team attended the American Thoracic Society's (ATS) 2017 Conference in Washington, D.C. Through thematic poster sessions, mini symposiums and poster discussions, Lung Association-funded researchers demonstrated great strides in medical research in respiratory diseases, like asthma and COPD.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Healthcare advocate in turquoise jacket shaking hands with representative I Have Cancer. And I Can't Imagine Losing My Healthcare.
    June 21, 2017  |  Ashley M.
    Ashley M. shares her story about battling lung cancer and why healthcare coverage is important to her. Read her story and stand with the American Lung Association to tell our Senators to protect American’s healthcare.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Impact,
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