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  • 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,
  • Test Your Lung Health Knowledge
    February 26, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's time for a pop quiz, because who doesn't love a good exam? We sure do. Take this test with friends and family to see who knows the most about lung health and lung disease. Avid EACH Breath blog readers will ace it.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Donna Fernandez sitting with her two Eskimo dogs Clinical Trial Helps Lung Cancer Patient Live Active Life with Her Eskimo Dogs
    February 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Donna Fernandez's father died of adenocarcinoma at the age of 49, just six months after he was diagnosed, so when she learned she had the same disease, she knew exactly what it meant. "They told my husband that I would live for four months," she recalled.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Measuring spoons of sugar on table A Breakthrough in the Connection Between Sugar and Lung Cancer
    February 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Research is the key to new discoveries in lung health and over the past decade, we've seen strides made in lung cancer treatment and care. Personalized treatment is advancing thanks to biomarker testing and targeted therapies. New methods of early detection with low-dose CT scans can increase the chances of survival for individuals at high risk. Still, we know more research is needed to defeat lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • winterrun_k Tips for Outdoor Exercise in Cold Temperatures
    February 9, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Frigid temperatures and winter conditions are an obstacle when trying to maintain a regular workout routine, but those obstacles don't need to be roadblocks. Cold air is often dry, and for many people, especially those with chronic lung disease, that means extra precautions.
    Related Topic:  Fitness
  • sotc_k State of Tobacco Control' - Are Benefits from Reducing Tobacco Use Reaching All Americans?
    February 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's no surprise that when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the most important public health achievements in American history, tobacco control landed near the top. After all, tobacco use negatively impacts every organ in your body, and is linked to a staggering range of diseases and early death.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • California Wildfires Getting Clean Air to Help Communities Devastated by Wildfire
    February 2, 2018  |  Jenny Bard, Director, Health Partnerships, American Lung Association in California
    At 2 a.m. on the morning of October 9, I was awakened by a text message from my daughter with the frightening words, "We're evacuating." It would be a day of panic, disbelief and heartbreak as fires tore through Santa Rosa and other communities just north of San Francisco.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Wood-burning stove What You Need to Know About Your Wood-Burning Stove and Heater
    January 16, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Thinking of curling up with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book in front of a roaring fire? Indoor wood-burning stoves and heaters may have a quaint and traditional feel, but they produce harmful toxins that can damage your lungs and air quality indoors and outdoors.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Outdoor Air A Homeowner's Guide: Steps to Test & Reduce Your Exposure to Radon
    January 11, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When it comes to owning a home, there are a litany of "honey do's"� but there is one item on the list you should not miss: a radon test. If you aren't familiar with radon, here's the scoop.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • My Quit Story: Finding Support
    January 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It feels like I quit smoking years ago, but really it's been just a few weeks. Quitting was hard at first, but the cravings got easier to handle day by day. I can now go a full day before wanting a cigarette, which feels like a huge accomplishment.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • My Quit Story: Replacing Cigarettes with Food
    January 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    I smoked for 41 years when I decided to quit, those first weeks came with some pretty intense smoking cravings. To beat them, I needed to keep my hands moving and that meant eating. Food became my replacement for smoking.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
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