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  • National Volunteer Week: Texas teen volunteers as lung cancer advocate after personal tragedy
    April 26, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    It’s National Volunteer Week, and at the American Lung Association, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Whether making calls to their lawmakers, working the registration table at a LUNG FORCE Walk, or leading an Open Airways for Schools class, we depend on volunteers to advance our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
  • In Support of Science
    April 25, 2017  |  Paul Billings
    Earth Day in Washington, D.C., was cool and rainy, but it did not dampen the spirits of thousands of scientists, students and supporters of science marching from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. Joined by an energetic group of colleagues, plus American Lung Association volunteers and friends, we assembled early Saturday morning and made our way to the March for Science rally.
  • capitol17_k Advocacy Day 2017 Wrap Up: Q&A with John F. Emanuel, Board Chair
    April 24, 2017  |  John F. Emanuel, JD
    Earlier this month, LUNG FORCE heroes from across the country went to Washington, D.C., for the American Lung Association’s second annual LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day. Our editorial team talked to John F. Emanuel, JD, Lung Association Board Chair, about his experiences on Capitol Hill and how he sees LUNG FORCE growing in the future.
  • atlantic_k The Air We Breathe
    April 21, 2017  |  Kim Lacina
    Yesterday, April 20th, the American Lung Association participated in The Atlantic's The Air We Breathe summit, a day following the release of our 18th annual "State of the Air" report.
  • coolkids_k Making a Difference: Virginia High School Students Spreading Air Quality Awareness to Protect Lung Health
    April 14, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Meet Zoe Perry and Blake Rogers. Zoe and Blake are students at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, and started the Air Quality Flag Program at their school to help educate students about air pollution and enable them to make healthy choices.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • scan_k Why Lung Cancer Screening Isn’t for Never Smokers
    April 11, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women. Why is the disease so fatal? One reason is that lung cancer does not often show symptoms until later stages when it has already spread. This makes early detection key and lung cancer screening so important for those at risk, particularly for those who have smoked heavily and for a long time.
  • topten_k The Terrible 10: Air Pollution's Top 10 Health Risks
    April 7, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    We know that the air we breathe is important, but why? Air pollution may sometimes be invisible, but it can leave a big imprint on our health. In fact, we're learning that air pollution can impact our health in more ways than previously imagined.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • advocacyday_k Advocacy Day 2017: Together We Stand- Our Fight Against Lung Cancer
    April 3, 2017  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Nearly three years ago, the American Lung Association formed LUNG FORCE with the goal of uniting the nation against lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S. Together, we are making lung cancer a cause people care about, driving policy change and increasing research funding.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • stigma_2_k Making Lung Cancer Stigma a Thing of the Past
    March 27, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    When people reveal that they have been diagnosed with cancer, what should they expect to hear? One would hope they would receive words of support and encouragement. Unfortunately, when many lung cancer patients divulge their diagnosis, they are asked, “Did you smoke?” This knee-jerk response is the result of a stigma that has followed lung cancer for decades.
  • cdcaward_k CDC Honors American Lung Association Employees for TB Work
    March 24, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    The American Lung Association is celebrating the achievements of two employees’ outstanding work in the field of tuberculosis (TB) outreach. Luvette Baldwin and Stephanie Quinn, each Health Promotion Managers of the American Lung Association of Georgia, have been named Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) U.S. TB Elimination Champions.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • tb_k World Tuberculosis Day: Five things to understand the global effects of TB
    March 23, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    March 24 is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, an annual event to recognize the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis (TB).
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Throwback Thursday: Women for Lung Health through the Decades
    March 16, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Much of our success wouldn't have been possible without the help of the many inspirational women who have advanced our mission along the way. In honor of Women's History Month, we recognize and thank the trailblazing women championing lung health.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • bbc_k_blog Q&A With a Better Breathers Club Facilitator
    March 14, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Finding a support system helps to make living with a chronic lung disease a bit easier. The American Lung Association's Better Breathers Clubs (BBC) bring together individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other lung disease to talk about managing their symptoms through everyday life.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • The Run That Changed My Life
    March 9, 2017  |  Brent Green
    The boy lay pensively inside an oxygen tent, struggling to breathe the cold, aseptic air; nurses and doctors gathered curiously around their little patient. The child became frightened by this sea of white coats, not knowing if their appearance might precede some other invasive treatment for his inability to inhale.
  • emily_k Remembering Emily Bissell in Honor of Women’s History Month
    March 3, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    As the American Lung Association celebrates Women's History Month this March, we remember the legacy and accomplishments of one woman who was a pioneering public health hero – Emily Bissell.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • caring_k Caring for the Caregiver: How to support a loved one with lung disease
    March 1, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Marriages begin with many dreams – for families, adventures, happiness – but those plans don’t often include a chronic lung disease diagnosis. Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 55, Jim Nelson was told he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and his wife, Mary, has been by his side ever since.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • walking-pneumonia_k What Is Walking Pneumonia?
    February 23, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    “Walking pneumonia” is a non-medical term for a mild case of pneumonia. Technically, it’s called atypical pneumonia and is caused by bacteria or viruses; often a common bacterium called Mycoplasma pneumonia.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • helpline_k Lung HelpLine Is a 'Lifeline'
    February 21, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    The American Lung Association offers online tools and resources on Lung.org to help those living with lung disease, their caregivers and those who want to learn more about lung health and healthy air.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • houseplants_k Getting into the Weeds: Do Houseplants Really Improve Air Quality?
    February 16, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Houseplants can brighten up a room and make it more inviting, but can they actually “clean” the air? As you’ll see, the real story behind the connection between plants and air pollution is complicated.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Stomach Flu – Menace or Myth?
    February 9, 2017  |  Norman H. Edelman, MD
    We've all heard about someone being sick with the "stomach flu." But, what is the stomach flu? Is it really a type of flu, or is it something else entirely?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
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