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  • 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.
    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.
  • Four Key Things You Should Know About Legionnaires' Disease
    July 27, 2016  |  Laura Cooley, MD, MPHTM: Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    A mysterious illness made headlines in Philadelphia this month in 1976. The illness caused a serious type of pneumonia - 182 people got sick and 29 people died. Eventually, this illness would become known as Legionnaires' disease
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Do You Have Your Back to School with Asthma Checklist?
    July 26, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For the more than 6 million children living with asthma, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness, with more than 10 million lost school days every year. With better asthma management, children are able to feel healthy and safe, and are ready to learn! For a full toolkit and free resources, visit Lung.org/asthma-in-schools.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • The Link between Asthma and Weight
    July 21, 2016  |  Anne E. Dixon
    It's no secret that many Americans struggle with their weight. If you're one of them, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 38 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or more (the normal range is 18.5-24.9, and overweight is 25-29.9). But why is this relevant to people with asthma?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • The Health Dangers of Wildfires Are Well Known, Why Not Biomass?
    July 19, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For many Americans, particularly in the western United States, the start of summer also means the height of wildfire season. In this month alone, wildfires blaze in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, Montana and other western states. We can see the direct destruction that wildfires cause. We also track the harmful wildfire smoke that can threaten the lives and health of firefighters, as well as people living hundreds of miles away.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Tracheotomy: Does TV Get it Right? Tracheotomy: Does TV Get it Right?
    July 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    We as a nation love medical dramas. It has to be a fact, as 91 shows related to the genre have been produced since 1951 in North America alone. What's not to love? A fast-paced environment, strong characters and a little bit of health advice along the way! Except… with such popularity, a lot of writers seem to get their facts confused in order to instill a bit more drama in the story.
    Related Topic:  Arts & Entertainment
  • Outline of lungs over an enlarged image of a popcorn kernel Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes
    July 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Over a decade ago major popcorn manufacturers removed diacetyl from their products because of deaths and hundreds of cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious and irreversible lung disease. But some people are still being exposed to diacetyl - not through food flavorings as a worksite hazard, but through e-cigarette vapor.
  • child breathing secondhand smoke Secondhand Smoke - Firsthand Risk
    June 23, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive laws to protect their citizens from secondhand smoke. Now it's time for the remaining 22 states to do the same.
    Related Topics:  Tobacco & Smoking, Impact,
  • The Connection between Lung Cancer and Outdoor Air Pollution
    June 21, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Did you know that air pollution can also cause lung cancer? Overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution in the outdoor air we breathe, like that coming from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources, can cause lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, LUNG FORCE,
  • Questions and Answers About Stem Cells
    June 16, 2016  |  Susan Rappaport
    What are stem cells and how are they used to treat disease? Get answers to your questions about stem cell therapy and lung disease.
    Related Topics:  Research, Science,
  • Don't Puff Around Pets
    June 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    We know that smoking affects the health of not just the one smoking, but everyone exposed to the secondhand smoke. But have you thought about second-paw smoke? Rover and Mittens are just as susceptible to the health effects of secondhand smoke just like the rest of the family.
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Immunotherapy Comes of Age
    June 13, 2016  |  Deborah Copaken
    "I became interested in medicine in grade school after volunteering at an emergency room which I found exciting, and then in college I rode along with the student run emergency service," said Dr. Mary Jo Fidler, an oncologist at the Rush University Medical School who's turned her childhood passion for saving lives into a career in the burgeoning field of immunotherapy, particularly as it relates to the treatment of lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Promising or Placebo? Halo Salt Therapy: Resurgence of a Salt Cave Spa Treatment
    June 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    A spa day. We all need one. It's meant to relax and revitalize the body and mind, but what about the lungs? A new trend increasingly found at modern spas is halotherapy, or salt therapy - breathable salt particles intended to improve breathing.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • What Does Your Garage and a Cigarette Have in Common?
    May 31, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    One cigarette probably has more chemicals than all the stuff you keep in your garage. Take a look at what's in a cigarette.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Group of women exercising in a gym class Feeling Out of Breath after a Run? It might be EIB.
    May 26, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Exercise is important to maintaining a strong, healthy body, even for people with asthma. Some people experience asthma symptoms that are triggered during exercise, which can make the path toward health a little harder. This is called "exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, or EIB," also known as exercise-induced asthma.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • For Kids with Asthma, Rising Temperatures Require Extra Caution
    May 25, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For children with asthma, the warm summer months are anything but carefree. Pennsylvania resident Claudia Ramos constantly worries about her 12-year-old son Jesse's health when temperatures rise toward the end of the school year and throughout the summer months.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
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