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  • Close up of hand texting on smartphone Texting to Stop TB
    March 23, 2016  |  Eyal Oren, PhD
    A Lung Association-funded project is examining new ways to increase the likelihood that individuals will complete their treatment for latent TB through a series of text message reminders and motivators. The thought is that by tailoring a text reminder system for patients who self-administer medications to regularly take their medications, we may be able to improve adherence to latent TB treatment and provide evidence for adopting or expanding reminder and adherence systems.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science, Research,
  • Retire Unhealthy Air at Work
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Is the air at work making you sick? If so, it's time for that air pollution at work to retire! Whether you work in an industrial or office setting, common allergens, irritants and asthma triggers may be closer than you realize.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • How's the Air in There?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Most of us spend more time indoors than outdoors. That means you breathe a whole lot more indoor air. So, how is the air in there? Whether you're at home, school or work, what's filling up your lungs can affect your health in a big way!
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Does Your Air at School Pass or Fail?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    We all want our children to be safe. But often, the air in their school is a "D" student. Air pollution in the classroom affects how children learn, and can harm their growing lungs. And when you think about how much time kids spend at school, cleaning up that air becomes an important assignment! Notebooks and pencils ready?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • The Unwelcome House Guest: Air Pollution
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Ben Franklin once said, "House guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days."� One house guest that really stinks is air pollution! You might be surprised to learn that the air in your home-sweet-home may not be so sweet.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Seal saying hiccup in a speech bubble The Inconvenient Hiccup
    March 17, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Most of us are pretty familiar with this mysterious error message the human body gets occasionally. But what exactly is a hiccup?
  • How Pulmonary Rehab Helps You Breathe
    March 14, 2016  |  Joelle Klein, contributing writer
    For many patients diagnosed with chronic lung conditions such as COPD, attending a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program can be a lifesaver, literally and figuratively.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Woman standing over metal bowl making flatbread next to smoking branches Close to Home: Cookstove Smoke Places 3 Billion Lives at Risk from Indoor Air Pollution
    March 8, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    When you think of really bad air pollution, it's probably the thick haze often wrapped around the buildings and highways in Beijing and Delhi. But for women in countries around the world, air quality risks can be much closer to home.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Former Washington D.C. News Anchor and Reporter Shares How She is Surviving Lung Cancer
    March 8, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Only 4 percent of all cancer survivors today are lung cancer survivors. That's why Greta Kreuz, one of our most recognizable LUNG FORCE Heroes, is grateful to join fellow survivors from every state on Capitol Hill to share her very personal story and show support for more robust and sustained federal funding increases for NIH research that will produce additional methods for early detection and better treatments for lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Five people standing in front of capitol building The Urgent Need for Increased Lung Cancer Research Funding
    March 4, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    It's not just that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer. The startling truth is that on average, close to half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not survive one year. New treatment options are desperately and urgently needed to save lives, and the American Lung Association has made supporting lung cancer research a top priority.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Research,
  • Large array of bowls of fruit and granola on a old wooden table Tips for Eating Right During Lung Cancer Treatment
    March 3, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Having lung cancer - and the ups and downs of treatment, stress and lifestyle changes that often come with it - can throw a wrench into healthy eating habits. But getting proper nutrition during lung cancer treatment is especially important, because eating the right kinds of foods can help you feel better and stay stronger.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Shot of Immortan Joe standing in front of cars with his warboys and son Forget the Post-Apocalyptic Setting Killing You, What About the Dust?
    February 24, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Naturally with any scenario like post end-of-the-world, we assume natural resources such as water and gas will be scarce and probably rationed out by a power hungry warlord. What many people probably don't consider are the risks to lung health. After all, humans need to breathe to survive.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Arts & Entertainment,
  • 5 Tips to Get Through the Oscars without Smoking
    February 23, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Stretching out at more than four hours (or longer depending on your red carpet style), the Oscars have become a pop culture marathon. And if you're trying to stay smokefree, the Oscars - or any soiree - can make an evening feel even longer than usual. So whether you are hosting a party, taking it easy on the couch or sitting in the front row, here are a few tips to help you keep urges at bay.
  • Weather and Your Lungs
    February 16, 2016  |  Susan Rappaport
    "What's the weather going to be today?" It's a frequent question that has larger implications for those with lung disease.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Illustration of a man in plaid and glasses with a beard on half his face and clean shaven on the other Beards and Lung Health: A Lung Health Expert Weighs In
    February 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Beards are a hot trend that have a long-standing reputation for keeping you warm during the cold winter months. But that's not all. There are several claims online and in the media that beards are healthy and others that they are not. So what's a guy to do? That's why we've turned to a lung health expert to take a look at claims surrounding beards and lung health.
  • Banner asking what grade your state got for SOTC 2016 State of Tobacco Control: Answers to Your Burning Questions
    February 4, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Understandably there are many questions that come up when it comes to policies and regulations. So, we've put together a few answers to commonly asked questions about tobacco control from the authors of our "State of Tobacco Control 2016" report.
    Related Topics:  Tobacco & Smoking, Impact,
  • Image of half circle pie chart with small cut made to represent 2 cents per dollar Who Is Really Benefiting From the Tobacco Settlement Money?
    February 3, 2016  |  Thomas Carr
    You may or may not remember this, but there was a time when the tobacco industry even more openly and brazenly marketed tobacco products to our kids. It was then and continues today to be their business plan: they hook kids young, which can lead to a lifetime of addiction and tobacco industry profits.
    Related Topics:  Tobacco & Smoking, Impact,
  • lens magnifying the radon symbol of the periodic table How your home may resemble a uranium mine
    January 27, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Your home and a uranium mine may have something in common. That something is radon, an invisible gas that causes lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • Infographic image of inhaling and exhaling with footsteps underneath Breathing Basics for Runners
    January 19, 2016  |  Albert Rizzo, M.D., FACP, FACCP
    For runners, losing your breath may be a big obstacle to success. Whether you're a beginning runner or looking to improve your stamina, proper breathing techniques can give your running a boost.
    Related Topic:  Fitness
  • Training Tips from the Top
    January 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Fight For Air Climbs are unique fundraisers. Prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas provide the setting for a "vertical road race," where participants walk, run or race up hundreds of steps. It's a great way to challenge yourself physically.
    Related Topic:  Fitness
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