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  • The Challenge of Diagnosing IPF
    August 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A patient complaining of cough and shortness of breath sits on the exam table. A healthcare provider takes out their stethoscope and listens to their lungs.
  • scuba diver in pool Learning to Breathe Underwater: My First Experience with Scuba Diving
    August 10, 2018  |  Heather Mangan
    Don’t hold your breath and other rules I learned about scuba diving, lungs and breathing underwater.
  • kids running in a hallway Back to School with Asthma: From Backpacks to Quick-Relief Inhalers
    August 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    If you are a parent of a child with asthma, you may worry about your child’s health along with their grades. As millions of kids get ready to head back to school, remember to add these items to your Back-to-School Checklist to help you and your child prepare for a successful, healthy school year.
  • Man and woman sitting on a bench overlooking pond #DYK You Can Still Get Pneumonia in the Summer?
    August 1, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Most people associate getting a cold, the flu or even pneumococcal pneumonia with winter weather, but while there may be an uptick in cases during the cold, wet months—it is still possible to be sidelined with a respiratory infection during the summer months. In fact, pneumococcal pneumonia can occur any time of the year. It can strike anywhere, anytime and may start quickly with little warning.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Red carriage in front of smoke stacks Tell EPA: Protect Science to Protect Health
    July 31, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Science is under attack and so are pollution limits that protect our health. EPA is knowingly trying to limit the science the agency can use in order to protect industry profits, at the expense of Americans' health.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Science,
  • Shark Sharks Need Oxygen Too
    July 24, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    One thing you might not know about sharks is that, like humans, they need oxygen to stay alive. And, like humans, what they breathe is under threat from the same, growing concern.
  • Mold and cleaning supplies Combating Mold and Preventing Asthma Symptoms
    July 17, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    More than 26 million Americans have asthma. Of our friends, colleagues and family members who are living with asthma, 5-10 percent of them have severe or difficult to control asthma and experience asthma symptoms more frequently. Asthma triggers - such as cigarette smoke and air pollution - can cause asthma symptoms.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Nurse giving asthma MDI to youth On the Frontlines of Asthma Care
    July 17, 2018  |  Jill Heins-Nesvold, MS
    Since 2010, I've had the immense pleasure in leading and working with members of the American Lung Association Lung Health Promotion team across the country to implement our Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program. To date, our teams have worked with over 300 primary care clinics in 10 states to implement a 10-step quality improvement program to help support asthma management and care for children.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • LUNG FORCE Walk participants Joining the Cause at LUNG FORCE Walks
    July 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    "We're here to help patients and advocate for clinical research and clinical trials," said Nicole Muraca, an AbbVie employee and LUNG FORCE Walk participant at the Rhode Island LUNG FORCE Walk on Saturday, June 16. AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, is focused on delivering transformative advances in treatment across some of the most debilitating and widespread cancers.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • mother and daughter grocery shopping Asthma and Nutrition: How Food Affects Your Lungs
    July 10, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It’s no secret that a well-balanced diet keeps the body and mind strong and healthy. Eating the right foods and nutrients can give us energy to stay active throughout the day, supports our immune system and improve our health - even our lung health!
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • bball_k Asthma in the Summer
    July 2, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's important to keep asthma under control year-round and summer is no exception. But summer fun doesn’t have to be a bust for kids with asthma. With some planning and strategies, all kinds of activities are possible as long as your child sticks to their treatment plan and avoids triggers.
  • woman breathing Five Ways You Might Be Breathing Wrong
    June 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Breathing is a natural thing: breathe in, breathe out…not much to it, right? Well, guess what: there actually is a wrong and right way to get oxygen into your system through your lungs. Below, Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist with American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine, gives some tips on how to get the most out of your lungs.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • JUUL e-cigarette JUUL: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
    June 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    They look harmless enough - like a flash drive that might contain music or photos. But a JUUL (pronounced like "jewel") contains something more worrisome - highly addictive nicotine - and as the most popular brand of e-cigarette on the market, they have the potential to hook young people on nicotine, and could lead them to turn to traditional cigarettes.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Brown puppy and white and brown kitten lounging on couch. Does Exposure to Pest and Pet Allergens Reduce Child's Asthma Risk
    May 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A recent study that said young children exposed to pet or pest allergens were at a lower risk of developing asthma. But, it might not be that that simple.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Mother and baby An Amazing Journey: How Young Lungs Develop
    May 11, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    By the time you take your first breath, your lungs have already undergone a fascinating transformation. From birth through childhood and on to adulthood, your lungs experience an amazing journey, becoming the hard-working, life-sustaining organs that are so easy to take for granted.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • LUNG FORCE representatives after ringing the opening bell for National Women's Lung Health Week Sharing Our Lung Cancer Stories, Instilling New Hope
    May 8, 2018  |  Deborah P. Brown
    Actor Shantel VanSanten remembers the moment when she decided that lung cancer would not define her or her family. Her grandmother Doris had passed away after being diagnosed with the disease, inspiring Shantel to become an advocate and fight in her memory.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Cover image for American Lung Association's State of the Air report with family flying kite. 'State of the Air': Most Polluted Cities, Then and Now
    April 30, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    For 19 years, the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report has tracked air quality across America, chronicling our nation's progress in making our air cleaner and healthier. Over the years, the report has celebrated the reduction of harmful air pollution to the Clean Air Act.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Two young children and their grandfather Your Aging Lungs
    April 24, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Your lungs are amazing and incredibly hard-working organs. But they are not immune to the passage of time. As you age, so do your lungs, and it’s helpful to understand how your lungs change, what’s natural, and what could be a signal that you need to talk to your doctor.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • 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.
    Related Topic:  Impact
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