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  • Dr. Sharad Goyal Lung Cancer Research Q&A
    May 24, 2016  |  Susan Rappaport
    Sharad Goyal, MD is the first-ever recipient of The LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women Award, funded by the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, which raises awareness of the impact of lung cancer in women and critical funds for lung cancer research.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact, Research,
  • Close up of Mishka the otter Mishka, the Little Sea Otter with an Inhaler
    May 20, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    You might assume that asthma is a human condition, but animals can have asthma, too. In fact, it's fairly common in cats and horses. Marine animals with asthma, on the other hand, are a lot less common. Mishka is the first known sea otter to be diagnosed with asthma.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Kids Missing School Because of Asthma?
    May 17, 2016  |  Barbara M. Kaplan, MPH, CHES
    Children with asthma should be encouraged by caregivers to be active, participate in school and other activities, and should not let asthma be a crutch. A team approach can help to ensure that they will be safe and healthy when they are outside a parent or guardian's reach.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Reporting from the Front Lines of Lung Disease Research
    May 17, 2016  |  Susan Rappaport
    Each year we connect with our researchers on the front line of lung health research at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) - the largest meeting of lung health doctors and pulmonary researchers in the world - to engage in and witness the discussion on patient care and the development of cutting edge research.
    Related Topic:  Research
  • Illustration of woman sneezing and speedometer. How Fast Is a Sneeze Versus a Cough? Cover Your Mouth Either Way!
    May 12, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Coughing and sneezing are just some of the more interesting and complicated ways the body works to protect your lungs from contamination, and these methods are performed with a surprising speed and efficiency. But how fast does a sneeze or cough travel, and which is faster?
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Woman looking suspiciously at a supplement bottle label Nutritional Supplements for Asthma? Not So Fast.
    May 11, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Who can blame asthma sufferers for looking for different ways to alleviate their asthma symptoms? Many are desperate for a treatment for the wheezing, coughing and sometimes even the drowning-on-land feeling associated with asthma. One purported remedy is the nutritional supplement soy isoflavone.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Patti LaBelle Gets Personal about Losing Loved Ones to Lung Cancer
    May 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle lost many people close to her to lung cancer. Two of her sisters, Jackie and Vivian, lost their lives to the disease in their early 40s as well as her first choir instructor who helped shape who she is as a performer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Poor air quality threatens health of more than half of Americans
    May 3, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    While we have seen tremendous improvements in air quality over the years due to the public health success of the Clean Air Act, poor air quality still threatens the health of more than half of all Americans, especially those with asthma and other lung diseases.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Impact,
  • Text The Young Investigator Investment: Committing to the Future
    April 28, 2016  |  Alexandra Sierra
    The mission of the Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Research is vital to that mission. Through the Awards and Grants program, our pledge to the future of lung health research is demonstrated, as investing in young investigators is key to gaining a long-term commitment to lung disease research.
    Related Topics:  Research, Impact,
  • Dark grey background with red cut outs of Texas and Florida next to each other Zach's Facts: How do you know if COPD is worse in one state than another?
    April 25, 2016  |  Zach Jump
    COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. We know it impacts some states more than others, but comparing one state to another isn't exactly apples to apples.
    Related Topic:  Science
  • A grandmother and her granddaughter standing in a garden marveling over a flower in the granddaughter's hand Protecting Our Climate and Health on Earth Day
    April 22, 2016  |  Lyndsay Moseley Alexander
    Earth Day is an important opportunity to remember the connection between our health and the health of the environments in which we live. And the evidence of this connection is growing.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Tree with color on one half and black and white on the other side with a highway sign in front of it The Trouble with Traveling Air Pollution
    April 21, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    With the release of our 17th annual "State of the Air" report, we've decided to take a closer look at one of the biggest challenges of air pollution. Air pollution just won't stay put! It has no respect for state lines and freely travels wherever the wind takes it.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Older man blowing his nose on a park bench with a field of grass behind him Don't Fear Spring Allergies and Asthma
    April 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    It's finally spring! The days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is warming up and - oh, unfortunately asthma and allergy triggers are making their seasonal appearance.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Kate Forbes speaking at a podium Behind the Scenes: Q&A with Kathryn Forbes, American Lung Association National Board Chair
    April 10, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Kathryn (Kate) Forbes is an American Lung Association volunteer. She's been a member of the national Board of Directors since 2009, and has served the past two years as our Board Chair. In this position, she provides leadership and support to Lung Association staff working nationwide to drive forward our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We had a little QA with her.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • boy looks out at baseball stadium On Opening Day 2016: No More Chew in Baseball Stadiums
    April 6, 2016  |  Thomas Carr
    Baseball season is here! And at some stadiums you may notice something new: the wads of chewing tobacco that players stuffed in their cheeks will be a thing of the past.
  • It's Time to Address Climate Change - Our Health Depends on It
    April 1, 2016  |  Lyndsay Moseley Alexander
    You may have heard that climate change will put people's health at risk for years to come. But did you know that cutting climate change pollution can protect human health immediately?
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background Fighting for Lung Cancer Patients: My experience at LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day
    March 30, 2016  |  Lysa B.
    I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer on September 27, 2011. I will never forget that day and the doctor's exact words: "You have lung cancer that has already spread to your spine." I was 40 years old, very active and fit, and had no known risk factors. I was learning, like thousands of others, that you only need lungs to get lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • A Fish with a Lung? Meet Granddad
    March 29, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Lungs are essential to life, and not just for humans. Today we want to introduce you to Granddad, a 100-year-old lungfish whose unique respiratory system, having both gills and a lung, not only help him to survive, but may also be key to the evolutionary origins of the lung.
    Related Topics:  Arts & Entertainment, Science,
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Celebrating Women's History Month and Fighting Lung Cancer with Valerie Harper
    March 25, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    America absolutely fell in love with Valerie Harper for her portrayal of Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda and Mary were an unstoppable team, especially when they were both single, but it was Rhoda that stole the show. She was spunky, brash and fun, brave enough to move to New York on her own, and divorced "unapologetically" in an era when this was uncommon.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 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,
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