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  • Asthma and Flu Season Controlling Your Asthma During the Holidays
    December 8, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Before you start roasting chestnuts on an open fire, if you have asthma, take extra precaution when planning your holiday fun. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can take daily asthma management practices off track, such as taking daily controller medicines and avoiding sick people and asthma triggers.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Bill Kempiners Bill Kempiners: Celebrating Volunteer Leadership in Advocacy
    November 28, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    The American Lung Association was founded by volunteers and volunteers are still a vibrant, energizing force in our organization. From our advocates, LUNG FORCE Heroes and event volunteers to our community health education facilitators and our board members at the local and national level, our mission and impact are driven by dedicated and generous volunteers.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • Foliage illustration in fall colors What Are You Thankful For?
    November 22, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we invite you to share what you are thankful for.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • supplemental oxygen Talking about Supplemental Oxygen with Your Family
    November 15, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be a big health and life transition, but there are little things you can do to help ease changes for you and your family.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • CPP The Clean Power Plan: 3 Things You Need to Know
    November 14, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    On October 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants that will improve health and save lives. Repealing this critical plan would be a step backwards in America's fight for healthy air.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives Why We Need More Awareness around Lung Cancer Screening
    November 13, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Lung cancer screening is one of the most powerful tools we have in stopping lung cancer, with the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if everyone at risk is screened. The problem, though, is most people don't know about it.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Palliative Care An Inside Look at Lung Cancer and Palliative Care
    November 6, 2017  |  Carly Ornstein
    Coping with side effects from lung cancer and its treatment can be one of the most stressful parts of facing a cancer diagnosis. Many people don't know there is a medical sub-specialty called palliative medicine (sometimes called supportive care) that is aimed at helping patients manage their side effects and improve their quality of life.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Frank F. From Scan to Cancer Survivor
    November 1, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Frank F. successfully quit smoking after making a promise to his daughter. A smoker since the age of 15, Frank said that smoking was a part of his everyday life. "Back in those days, you had people who were lighting up before doing just about anything." Before quitting, Frank had smoked 22,000 cigarettes over 30 years.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Captain Planet Let's Be Heroes: Classic Cartoon Encourages Kids to Take Care of the Environment
    October 27, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Remember Captain Planet and the Planeteers? We do! It's a cartoon that aired from 1990-1996 and taught viewers to care about the environment.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Lung health in the workplace You Don't Have to Wheeze at Work
    October 23, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Nearly 156 million Americans have the same thing in common, going to work. Since working adults spend more than half of their lives at work, the workplace becomes like a second home. Unlike at home, you may have less control at work over your exposure to certain irritants and allergens.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • How Your Lungs Get the Job Done What Healthy Lungs Can Do For You
    October 2, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Chances are you don't think much about your lungs. This reliable pair works hard for you all the time, helping you breathe 12 to 15 times a minute at rest - that's more than 6 million breaths a year.
  • Yoga breathing Yoga, Tai Chi and Your Lungs: The Benefits of Breathing through Exercise
    September 27, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    There are countless health benefits of physical activity and exercise. But for those who live with a lung disease, engaging in a typical workout can be difficult, and without the guidance of a health professional may even be unsafe.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Asthma medication in schools Why Schools Should Stock Asthma Inhalers
    September 21, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    For many children with asthma, flare-ups happen while at school. A quick-relief inhaler can reverse asthma symptoms, but what if the student forgets their inhaler at home and a parent is unable to retrieve it?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Rachel S. and her family at a Fight For Air Climb in 2015. A Chance to 'Be Rachel' Again. My Pulmonary Fibrosis Story
    September 11, 2017  |  Rachel Szymialowicz
    At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. My parents and I were told that this disease generally presents itself in either of two forms: one that attacks primarily the joints or a systemic version that attacks the internal organs.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Backpack with list of contents for an asthma or COPD travel pack What Goes in an Asthma or COPD Travel Pack?
    September 8, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    An Asthma or COPD Travel Pack can help ensure you have all of the medicines and instructions you need in one, easily accessible place when you leave home. See what you should include.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Open book When Breath Becomes Air: A Review
    September 5, 2017  |  Heather Mangan, American Lung Association Blog Writer
    I heard about Paul Kalanithi's book, When Breath Becomes Air, long before I actually read it. I knew that Bill Gates and Anne Patchett both raved about it, that it spent 51 weeks on the bestseller list and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, but I was hesitant to read the memoir about a brain surgeon who was diagnosed with lung cancer because I didn't think I could relate to it.
    Related Topics:  Arts & Entertainment, LUNG FORCE,
  • Highway pollution and lung health Highway Air Pollution and Your Health: Six Things You Need To Know
    August 31, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Labor Day weekend is a prime time for vacations, which means many people will be traveling by car in the coming days. While everyone loves a good road trip, pollution near highways can have serious health impacts, both immediately and in the long term.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Animal Lung Facts Our Favorite Facts About Animal Lungs
    August 24, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    We all know the basics of how our lungs work . We breathe in, filling both of our lungs with fresh air rich in oxygen that fuels our body before exhaling air and waste carbon dioxide. But in the animal kingdom, lungs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
    Related Topic:  Science
  • Adults with Asthma Making the Most of Your Asthma Medicines
    August 22, 2017  |  Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS
    Nearly 26 million Americans are living with asthma, and you might be surprised to learn that of those, 19 million are adults.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Dr. Fuster and his wife (front) walking through the finish line at a LUNG FORCE Walk. Making Dents in Lung Cancer Discoveries
    August 18, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Mark M. Fuster, M.D., is a pulmonary disease specialist in San Diego and has worked in the field of lung disease for more than 15 years.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
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