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All Recent Articles

  • I Want to Do This for ME!
    December 1, 2016  |  Lisa Noble
    On March 15, 2016, I had one cigarette left in my pack and I smoked it on the way to work. I have not had a cigarette since that time.
  • Giving Tuesday is Nov 29 Why We're Donating to Help the Lung Association Defeat Lung Cancer and How You Can, Too
    November 29, 2016  |  Maria A. Stravato, Myriad Genetic Laboratories
    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the month, Myriad Genetics has worked with the American Lung Association to spread the word about defeating lung cancer through research and making sure those affected by lung cancer receive access to necessary treatment plans and the resources they need to understand their diagnoses.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • Leon Billings Remembering Leon G. Billings: Honoring an Individual Whose Critical Work Continues to Save Lives
    November 22, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    As we all reflect on what we are grateful for this Thanksgiving, the American Lung Association recognizes and thanks Leon G. Billings, whose tireless work for clean air helped to advance our mission to save lives, prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Last week, Mr. Billings passed away at age 78, and American lost one of its unsung heroes.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Impact,
  • Volunteer in front of clean air sign Battling for Breath: What It's Like to Live in a Polluted City
    November 21, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Most people know that air pollution is bad for human health. Scenes of smokestacks and hazy horizons conjure up mental images of coughing and wheezing. But not everyone realizes what it takes to stay safe in an area with consistently harmful levels of air pollution, especially for people with a chronic lung disease.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Woman on top of mountain looking out. Stories of Lung Cancer Early Detection
    November 17, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Right now, the best way to detect lung cancer early is through lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals. But for too many people, lung cancer is found by chance.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • woman breathing COPD: What Patients and Caregivers Should Know
    November 14, 2016  |  MeiLan K. Han, M.D.
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a disease that millions of Americans live with each day. In honor of COPD Awareness Month and to share more about this complicated respiratory disease, we asked COPD expert Meilan King Han, M.D. what patients and caregivers should know about COPD.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Col. Smith Helping Our Veterans Breathe Easier
    November 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    The members of our armed forces, active and veterans, make tremendous sacrifices to serve our country. Their lung health should not be one of them. They have earned all the support we can give them. This Veteran's Day, we talked to a decorated Gulf War veteran and learned how he, like a true Marine, is battling lung cancer head on.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • doctor and patient Lung Cancer: What Everyone Should Know About Screening Options
    November 1, 2016  |  Andrea McKee, M.D.
    In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to help more Americans learn about this disease, we asked Dr. Andrea McKee what everyone should know about lung cancer screening.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • From A(sthma) to TB
    October 25, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    We talked to a few of this year's research awardees to get the details on their projects, which run the gamut from asthma and hot weather to drug-resistant tuberculosis.
    Related Topics:  Research, Impact,
  • Smoking Doesn't Control My Life Anymore. I Do.
    October 21, 2016  |  Dee Holmes
    I started smoking when I was 16 years old and continued for 38 years. I was recently asked how often I smoked, but the better question is "When didn't I smoke?"� I guess everyone has to sleep sometime.
  • Research Awards Nationwide: Where Are They Now?
    October 20, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Over the years, we've funded more than 1,550 researchers, many of whom have continued their careers in lung disease. Here's what a few of our previous Research Awards Nationwide awardees are up to now.
    Related Topics:  Research, Impact,
  • A New (Smokefree) Life Ordered Up
    October 13, 2016  |  Dean Angell
    I'm a flight nurse, a father of three daughters, divorced and I'm a smoker. I was looking pretty good until the last part. Actually I didn't even have to confess the last part, you probably smelled me long before you met me. Frankly I never tried quitting and never cared before now.
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background Why We Built a FORCE to Defeat Lung Cancer
    October 12, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    More women than ever are dying of lung cancer, and in order to save lives we need to understand why.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • Racecar on track An Asthma Attack at 140 MPH
    October 11, 2016  |  TJ Fischer, Racecar Driver
    It was the 74th running of the Grand Prix de Pau, my nerves at an all-time high as I got a pat on the head from my mechanic, followed by the call to start engines. The grid cleared and the start lights illuminated. 3, 2, 1, GO!! Racecar Driver TJ Fischer recounts the time he had an asthma attack at 140 MPH.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • illustration of woman getting shot, washing hands, calling doctor and home sick. 4 Ways to Reduce Your Flu Risk
    October 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    High fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and body aches. Getting the flu is no fun. This contagious respiratory infection affects your whole body, including your nose, throat and lungs. But there are easy ways to reduce your risk for getting and spreading the flu. Follow these four tips:
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Stand Up to Cancer telecast screenshot The New Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team
    October 6, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Bringing together leaders from across disciplines, institutions, countries and specialties, the new Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team will be tasked with investigating early molecular or other changes that lead to cancer development with the ultimate goal to stop the progress of lung cancer before it starts.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact, Science, Research,
  • Person getting flu shot in arm. Myths and Facts about the Flu Shot
    October 5, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Each year, influenza, or flu, sends thousands of Americans to the hospital. This contagious respiratory infection affects the entire body and is usually spread when a person coughs or sneezes. The single most effective thing you can do to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated every year. There are misconceptions about the flu shot that cause people to skip this important preventative measure.
  • Map of U.S. How Raising Tobacco Sales Age to 21 Will Save Lives
    October 5, 2016  |  Thomas Carr
    Can something as simple as raising the legal age for sale of tobacco products to 21 save lives? Yes! Raising the minimum sales age for tobacco products to 21 could save as many as 223,000 lives for those born between 2000 and 2019. Look at the facts.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Run a Marathon When You Have Asthma? Yes, You Can.
    October 4, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    While completing a marathon is a difficult feat for anyone, it can be especially challenging for those who suffer from a chronic respiratory disease. To learn more about what it's like to run marathons as an individual who struggles with a respiratory issue, we spoke with Jeremy Deaton, an avid runner living and running with asthma.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Cigarettes Control Your Life, Not the Other Way Around
    October 4, 2016  |  Tom Morgan
    I smoked for over 40 years, and tried quitting several times with pills, patches and hypnosis. And then I had a heart attack, and the hospital really drilled into me to stop quitting and recommended the Freedom from Smoking program. It was the only thing that I hadn't tried before, and it was what finally worked.
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