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  • Tree with color on one half and black and white on the other side with a highway sign in front of it The Trouble with Traveling Air Pollution
    April 21, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    With the release of our 17th annual "State of the Air" report, we've decided to take a closer look at one of the biggest challenges of air pollution. Air pollution just won't stay put! It has no respect for state lines and freely travels wherever the wind takes it.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Older man blowing his nose on a park bench with a field of grass behind him Don't Fear Spring Allergies and Asthma
    April 14, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    It's finally spring! The days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is warming up and - oh, unfortunately asthma and allergy triggers are making their seasonal appearance.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Kate Forbes speaking at a podium Behind the Scenes: Q&A with Kathryn Forbes, American Lung Association National Board Chair
    April 10, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Kathryn (Kate) Forbes is an American Lung Association volunteer. She's been a member of the national Board of Directors since 2009, and has served the past two years as our Board Chair. In this position, she provides leadership and support to Lung Association staff working nationwide to drive forward our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We had a little QA with her.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • boy looks out at baseball stadium On Opening Day 2016: No More Chew in Baseball Stadiums
    April 6, 2016  |  Thomas Carr
    Baseball season is here! And at some stadiums you may notice something new: the wads of chewing tobacco that players stuffed in their cheeks will be a thing of the past.
  • It's Time to Address Climate Change - Our Health Depends on It
    April 1, 2016  |  Lyndsay Moseley Alexander
    You may have heard that climate change will put people's health at risk for years to come. But did you know that cutting climate change pollution can protect human health immediately?
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background Fighting for Lung Cancer Patients: My experience at LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day
    March 30, 2016  |  Lysa B.
    I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer on September 27, 2011. I will never forget that day and the doctor's exact words: "You have lung cancer that has already spread to your spine." I was 40 years old, very active and fit, and had no known risk factors. I was learning, like thousands of others, that you only need lungs to get lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • A Fish with a Lung? Meet Granddad
    March 29, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Lungs are essential to life, and not just for humans. Today we want to introduce you to Granddad, a 100-year-old lungfish whose unique respiratory system, having both gills and a lung, not only help him to survive, but may also be key to the evolutionary origins of the lung.
    Related Topics:  Arts & Entertainment, Science,
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Celebrating Women's History Month and Fighting Lung Cancer with Valerie Harper
    March 25, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    America absolutely fell in love with Valerie Harper for her portrayal of Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda and Mary were an unstoppable team, especially when they were both single, but it was Rhoda that stole the show. She was spunky, brash and fun, brave enough to move to New York on her own, and divorced "unapologetically" in an era when this was uncommon.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Close up of hand texting on smartphone Texting to Stop TB
    March 23, 2016  |  Eyal Oren, PhD
    A Lung Association-funded project is examining new ways to increase the likelihood that individuals will complete their treatment for latent TB through a series of text message reminders and motivators. The thought is that by tailoring a text reminder system for patients who self-administer medications to regularly take their medications, we may be able to improve adherence to latent TB treatment and provide evidence for adopting or expanding reminder and adherence systems.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science, Research,
  • Does Your Air at School Pass or Fail?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    We all want our children to be safe. But often, the air in their school is a "D" student. Air pollution in the classroom affects how children learn, and can harm their growing lungs. And when you think about how much time kids spend at school, cleaning up that air becomes an important assignment! Notebooks and pencils ready?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • The Unwelcome House Guest: Air Pollution
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Ben Franklin once said, "House guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days."� One house guest that really stinks is air pollution! You might be surprised to learn that the air in your home-sweet-home may not be so sweet.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Retire Unhealthy Air at Work
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Is the air at work making you sick? If so, it's time for that air pollution at work to retire! Whether you work in an industrial or office setting, common allergens, irritants and asthma triggers may be closer than you realize.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • How's the Air in There?
    March 22, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Most of us spend more time indoors than outdoors. That means you breathe a whole lot more indoor air. So, how is the air in there? Whether you're at home, school or work, what's filling up your lungs can affect your health in a big way!
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Seal saying hiccup in a speech bubble The Inconvenient Hiccup
    March 17, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Most of us are pretty familiar with this mysterious error message the human body gets occasionally. But what exactly is a hiccup?
  • How Pulmonary Rehab Helps You Breathe
    March 14, 2016  |  Joelle Klein, contributing writer
    For many patients diagnosed with chronic lung conditions such as COPD, attending a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program can be a lifesaver, literally and figuratively.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Woman standing over metal bowl making flatbread next to smoking branches Close to Home: Cookstove Smoke Places 3 Billion Lives at Risk from Indoor Air Pollution
    March 8, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    When you think of really bad air pollution, it's probably the thick haze often wrapped around the buildings and highways in Beijing and Delhi. But for women in countries around the world, air quality risks can be much closer to home.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background LUNG FORCE: Former Washington D.C. News Anchor and Reporter Shares How She is Surviving Lung Cancer
    March 8, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Only 4 percent of all cancer survivors today are lung cancer survivors. That's why Greta Kreuz, one of our most recognizable LUNG FORCE Heroes, is grateful to join fellow survivors from every state on Capitol Hill to share her very personal story and show support for more robust and sustained federal funding increases for NIH research that will produce additional methods for early detection and better treatments for lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Five people standing in front of capitol building The Urgent Need for Increased Lung Cancer Research Funding
    March 4, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    It's not just that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer. The startling truth is that on average, close to half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not survive one year. New treatment options are desperately and urgently needed to save lives, and the American Lung Association has made supporting lung cancer research a top priority.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Research,
  • Large array of bowls of fruit and granola on a old wooden table Tips for Eating Right During Lung Cancer Treatment
    March 3, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Having lung cancer - and the ups and downs of treatment, stress and lifestyle changes that often come with it - can throw a wrench into healthy eating habits. But getting proper nutrition during lung cancer treatment is especially important, because eating the right kinds of foods can help you feel better and stay stronger.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Shot of Immortan Joe standing in front of cars with his warboys and son Forget the Post-Apocalyptic Setting Killing You, What About the Dust?
    February 24, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Naturally with any scenario like post end-of-the-world, we assume natural resources such as water and gas will be scarce and probably rationed out by a power hungry warlord. What many people probably don't consider are the risks to lung health. After all, humans need to breathe to survive.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Arts & Entertainment,
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