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  • How Your Lungs Get the Job Done How Your Lungs Get the Job Done
    July 20, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Your lungs work hard. Even when you're resting, they're diligently transporting oxygen into your bloodstream and moving carbon dioxide out. They're part of a serious business run by an intricate structure of organs and tissues, aka your respiratory system.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever
    July 13, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Cases of valley fever have gone up 400 percent from 1998-2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why the increase? New research has spotlighted one possible explanation - increased dust storms due to climate change.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Support From Day One: Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment Support from Day One: Preparing for Lung Cancer Treatment
    July 11, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Talk to any two lung cancer patients about their treatment and you might get two very different experiences. Your treatment options depend on the type and stage of your cancer, as well as your overall health and your preferences.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • How Worsening Wildfires and Heat Waves Affect Lung Health Climate Change and Air Quality: How Worsening Wildfires and Heat Waves Affect Lung Health, and What to Do About It
    July 7, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    From the more than 20 wildfires currently scorching the western United States to more intense and frequent heat waves, the fingerprint of our changing climate is visible today. And these changes can have dangerous consequences for American families, now and for generations to come.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Lung Association Research Team in action—Dr. Amali Samarasinghe presents the results of her Biomedical Research Grant. Lung Association Joins the First-Ever COPD National Action Plan
    July 6, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    This May, members of the American Lung Association Research Team attended the American Thoracic Society's (ATS) 2017 Conference in Washington, D.C. Through thematic poster sessions, mini symposiums and poster discussions, Lung Association-funded researchers demonstrated great strides in medical research in respiratory diseases, like asthma and COPD.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Healthcare advocate in turquoise jacket shaking hands with representative I Have Cancer. And I Can't Imagine Losing My Healthcare.
    June 21, 2017  |  Ashley M.
    Ashley M. shares her story about battling lung cancer and why healthcare coverage is important to her. Read her story and stand with the American Lung Association to tell our Senators to protect American's healthcare.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • LUNG FORCE Hero and American Lung Association Lung Cancer Patient Advisory Group member Karen Loss. Entering the World of Lung Cancer Clinical Trials: A Patient's Perspective
    June 20, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    LUNG FORCE Hero and American Lung Association Lung Cancer Patient Advisory Group member Karen Loss was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer in November 2012. Since her diagnosis, she has been on several lung cancer treatments, and has participated in clinical trials.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Father's Day Blog A Father's Reason for Quitting Smoking
    June 15, 2017  |  Stu Krogman
    While quitting smoking is a very personal decision, and one that only a smoker can make, certain life changes, like starting a family, can affect our decisions, especially when it comes to our health. For Stu Krogman, he made the decision to quit smoking when he became a father, and he hasn't looked back since.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless, and can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine. Don't Be Fooled, E-cig Aerosol Is Not Harmless for Kids
    June 6, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    What's coming out of an e-cigarette (aerosol) may look different than secondhand smoke from cigarettes, but it's far from harmless.
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background What Healthy Lungs Can Do For You
    June 5, 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. If our lungs could talk, they would ask us to please help them stay healthy so we can do more wonderful things.
  • survivor_hands_k Supporting Survivors Today and Every Day
    June 2, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Every year on the first Sunday of June, local events are organized throughout the country in support of cancer survivors. National Cancer Survivor Day® is a celebration and rally of support for survivors.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • outdoor_air_k Four Things Everyone Should Know about Air Quality and Exercising Outdoors
    May 23, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    For many people, one of the best parts of summer is being outside running, biking, hiking, doing anything that lets you enjoy the weather and move your body. But, high air pollution levels can have harmful effects on your lungs.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Fitness,
  • storycorps_k Sharing Our Stories to Shine a Spotlight on the Realities of Lung Cancer
    May 19, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Lung cancer has very few symptoms early on, which is one reason why the disease is so deadly. It is often found by chance. And even though lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, awareness remains critically low.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Thanking Mothers and Advocates Who Fight for Healthy Air for All Children
    May 15, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    Mothers are some of our greatest advocates in the fight for healthy air. Many of our amazing volunteers are mothers who know how important it is to protect children's health by safeguarding clean air protections.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Why I Joined LUNG FORCE
    May 12, 2017  |  Heather P., LUNG FORCE Hero
    Five years after losing her mother to lung cancer, LUNG FORCE Hero Heather P. shares her story with the hope of raising awareness, encouraging others and, someday, finding a cure.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • quitday_k Support from Day One
    May 8, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    To say receiving a lung cancer diagnosis is overwhelming is an understatement. The day you hear those words, your life changes forever. Once you've had a moment to process the diagnosis, it is natural to think "Now what?"
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • dustmite_k Allergic to WHAT?! Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About House Dust Mites
    May 5, 2017  |  Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing
    Chances are nobody has ever told you the cold, hard truth about dust mites, but here it is. You have them. Everybody does. But what are they and why do we care? And what can we do about them?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • National Volunteer Week: Texas teen volunteers as lung cancer advocate after personal tragedy
    April 26, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    It's National Volunteer Week, and at the American Lung Association, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Whether making calls to their lawmakers, working the registration table at a LUNG FORCE Walk, or leading an Open Airways for Schools class, we depend on volunteers to advance our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • In Support of Science
    April 25, 2017  |  Paul Billings
    Earth Day in Washington, D.C., was cool and rainy, but it did not dampen the spirits of thousands of scientists, students and supporters of science marching from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. Joined by an energetic group of colleagues, plus American Lung Association volunteers and friends, we assembled early Saturday morning and made our way to the March for Science rally.
    Related Topic:  Science
  • capitol17_k Advocacy Day 2017 Wrap Up: Q&A with John F. Emanuel, Board Chair
    April 24, 2017  |  John F. Emanuel, JD
    Earlier this month, LUNG FORCE heroes from across the country went to Washington, D.C., for the American Lung Association's second annual LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day. Our editorial team talked to John F. Emanuel, JD, Lung Association Board Chair, about his experiences on Capitol Hill and how he sees LUNG FORCE growing in the future.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
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