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  • 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
  • Image of dots and lines connected into a grid Precision Medicine: How We Got Here
    January 6, 2016  |  Susan Rappaport
    It's often been said that the way research happens is serendipitous. One discovery opens the door to another, and that progression is what paves the way to better treatments and perhaps, someday, cures.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Research, Science,
  • Getting Up Close and Personal with Radon
    January 6, 2016  |  Kim Lacina
    After listing our home for sale, we received an offer, contingent upon a radon test and a mitigation system, if the level tested too high. I thought nothing of it since I had tested my home three years prior.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Space Travel Obstacles?
    January 4, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Star Wars would have you believe that the greatest challenges to space travel is asteroids, lack of resources like water or fuel, or even the threat of unfriendly, intelligent alien life. But in reality, scientists are finding that the biggest obstacle to today's space travel is dust. Yes, space dust.
    Related Topics:  Arts & Entertainment, Science,
  • Closeup of the word Why Is Quitting Smoking So Difficult? The Science Behind Addiction
    January 3, 2016  |  Bill Blatt
    It can take a smoker multiple quit smoking attempts before they are completely smokefree. But despite these struggles, we know quitting is worth it.
  • How Wildfires Affect Our Health
    January 2, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Wildfires threaten lives directly, and wildfire smoke can affect us all. They spread air pollution not only nearby, but thousands of miles away, causing breathing difficulties in even healthy individuals.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Science,
  • Black and white photo of children in TB sanitorium How We Conquered Consumption
    January 2, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    As the most feared disease in the world, the disease was known as the "Great White Plague" (due to the extreme paleness of those affected), striking down the young and old, the rich and poor. It seemed no one was safe from tuberculosis or consumption as it was known.
  • Welcome to Our Blog
    January 1, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    To better understand the critical importance of lung health and make this real in our daily lives, we want to begin conversations around lung health. So I am pleased to introduce a blog by the American Lung Association.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • Each Breath Blog test
    December 1, 2015  |  Ashley M.
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Kellie Pickler Shares How She Suddenly Lost Her Grandmother to Lung Cancer
    November 23, 2015  |  Editorial Staff
    Music star Kellie Pickler was only 15 years old when her beloved grandmother, Faye Pickler, the woman she called "Mom," was diagnosed with lung cancer. For her grandmother the battle was over just as soon as it began. Only one day after she was diagnosed, Faye passed away. Did you know less than half of women diagnosed with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis? According to a recent American Lung Association survey, less than a quarter of women were aware of this startling fact.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Seeing Cancer Research Differently
    November 20, 2015  |  Editorial Staff
    Cancer doesn't discriminate. American Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award recipient for "Novel Approach to Block Lung Cancer Development in Smokers," Dr. Nancy McNamara, is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She started her work in lung cancer research with a look at how cigarette smoke affects airways. Dr. McNamara uses laboratory modeling to mimic how early exposure to smoke causes healthy cells to become tumor cells in the lung.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE Dying for Awareness: The Lung Cancer Issue
    November 17, 2015  |  Bryan Hanson
    With 20-plus years in healthcare, not much shocks me. But, lung cancer - lung cancer is a different story. When I learned that lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths for women, I admit I was astounded. I thought it had to be breast cancer - breast cancer gets so much attention. But no. It really is lung cancer. In fact, each year lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE Hero Wendy Sparks
    November 3, 2015  |  Editorial Staff
    Everyone loved Nikki. As the Director of Behavioral Health at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, and really throughout her career as a licensed professional counselor, Nikki reached many people, from foster children and those suffering from mental illness to those in the prison population. She always succeeded in what she did - quick to excel and swift to offer a helping hand. She cared about people, and people cared about her.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
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