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  • 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,
  • 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.
  • Day I Quit blog logo Through Mulish Determination… and a Little Help From My Friends
    September 29, 2016  |  Judy Reisman
    I started smoking in my senior year of high school and continued to smoke for the next 45 years. I finally came to the conclusion that I couldn't quit smoking on my own.
  • From Three Packs a Day to Smokefree!
    September 27, 2016  |  Susan Donovan
    I first started smoking when I was in middle school. One or two cigarettes a day… then high school when my mother found out, I was allowed three a day. That was in the late 1960s when people didn’t know the consequences. It was “cool” to smoke; even advertised that way.
  • 7 Things Everyone Should Know about Pulmonary Fibrosis
    September 15, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    This September is Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a serious lung disease, but what exactly is it?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Firemen 15 Years Later: Looking at the Respiratory Impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks
    September 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Fifteen years after Sept.11, 2001, we remember and honor the victims of the tragic attacks, and the first responders who risked their own lives to save others. Beyond the terrible destruction and loss of life, many of the survivors and first responders suffered from respiratory illness due to their exposure to what many refer to as "World Trade Center Dust."
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Impact,
  • Stop the Cigar Lobbyists' Back Room Deal
    September 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Riders are often attached to spending bills behind closed doors after corporate lobbyists have met with members of Congress and their staffs—hence the term "back-room deals." And they come at the expense of regular Americans. 
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • What the Heck Is a "Rider"?
    September 6, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    In the world of Congress, a rider isn’t a person who takes a train or bicycle. It’s actually a term for a type of amendment to legislation. And while the name sounds harmless, riders are actually a huge problem.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Anyone with Lungs Can Get Pneumonia—Including Our Pets
    August 23, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    When Liz and Andrew adopted their first pet together—a pup they named Nola—they were anxious when they noticed her wheezing. A quick call to the shelter raised suspicion for kennel cough, an infectious respiratory disease which can cause a dry cough, decreased energy, a poor appetite, and in severe cases pneumonia. 
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • High Water Threatens Lung Health Even After the Rains End
    August 19, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Floods can be extremely dangerous, and the flood water itself – even after it recedes - may put lung health at risk. To best protect your lung health during and after a flood, here are five quick things to know.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Many State Medicaid Programs Fall Short of Adequate Home Intervention Coverage for Asthma Care
    August 18, 2016  |  Michael McKnight, Vice President of Policy and Innovation, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
    Last month, the American Lung Association released results of its Asthma Care Coverage Project that tracks state Medicaid programs’ coverage of asthma care. The results found that out of 23 states surveyed, only four states covered home visits and interventions without barriers. Three states had coverage but with barriers, another six states had some coverage but barriers were not necessarily always present, and10 states had no coverage for home visits. For a condition as prevalent and serious as asthma, causing over 3,000 deaths each year, these findings are unacceptable.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • What This Summer's Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean for Lung Health
    August 16, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Oppressive heat waves are sweeping the country this summer – from California to the Northeast. The serious heat waves we are experiencing are not just uncomfortable – they are part of a trend that has critical implications for our health.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Traveling? How’s the Air There?
    August 11, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Checking the weather forecast wherever you’re going is a common part of vacation planning. But have you thought to check the air quality?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • How a School District in Texas is Helping Children with Asthma
    August 9, 2016  |  Diane Rhodes
    Allowing students to carry their quick-relief inhaler with them during the school day and properly using their quick-relief inhaler can prevent or reduce the severity of an asthma episode and keep children healthy, in school and ready to learn. See how this school district in Texas implemented a policy to make it happen.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Secondhand Smoke - What Apartment and Condominium Residents Need to Know
    August 2, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    If you live in an apartment or condominium, you may be living with an unwelcome houseguest – secondhand smoke. Even if no one in your household smokes, secondhand smoke from your neighbors can get into your home in ways you never expected.
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