Health & Wellness Topics
Combating Mold and Preventing Asthma Symptoms
More than 26 million Americans have asthma. Of our friends, colleagues and family members who are living with asthma, 5-10 percent of them have severe or difficult to control asthma and experience asthma symptoms more frequently. Asthma triggers - such as cigarette smoke and air pollution - can cause asthma symptoms.
On the Frontlines of Asthma Care
Since 2010, I've had the immense pleasure in leading and working with members of the American Lung Association Lung Health Promotion team across the country to implement our Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program. To date, our teams have worked with over 300 primary care clinics in 10 states to implement a 10-step quality improvement program to help support asthma management and care for children.
Asthma and Nutrition: How Food Affects Your Lungs
It’s no secret that a well-balanced diet keeps the body and mind strong and healthy. Eating the right foods and nutrients can give us energy to stay active throughout the day, supports our immune system and improve our health - even our lung health!
Five Ways You Might Be Breathing Wrong
Breathing is a natural thing: breathe in, breathe out…not much to it, right? Well, guess what: there actually is a wrong and right way to get oxygen into your system through your lungs. Below, Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist with American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine, gives some tips on how to get the most out of your lungs.
Does Exposure to Pest and Pet Allergens Reduce Child's Asthma Risk
A recent study that said young children exposed to pet or pest allergens were at a lower risk of developing asthma. But, it might not be that that simple.
An Amazing Journey: How Young Lungs Develop
By the time you take your first breath, your lungs have already undergone a fascinating transformation. From birth through childhood and on to adulthood, your lungs experience an amazing journey, becoming the hard-working, life-sustaining organs that are so easy to take for granted.
Your Aging Lungs
Your lungs are amazing and incredibly hard-working organs. But they are not immune to the passage of time. As you age, so do your lungs, and it’s helpful to understand how your lungs change, what’s natural, and what could be a signal that you need to talk to your doctor.
Sarcoidosis Questions Answered
In early April of 2002, after working at both Ground Zero and the Staten Island Landfill in New York City, I started noticing the first symptoms of sarcoidosis. I began experiencing a lack of sleep, extreme tiredness, skins lesions, difficulty breathing and a lack of appetite. I first attributed these symptoms to a lack of rest and working so many hours, but they started to get worse.
Why We Need Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Now More Than Ever
Hiking was the first activity that became hard for Jim Hartmann, who had led an active lifestyle traveling, hiking and canoeing. Next, it was climbing stairs at work. He continued struggling for years, thinking his breathlessness was a sign of aging. Four years ago, Jim noticed that even light activities, such as gardening, were leaving him exhausted.
Home Lighting Sources Can Lead to High Levels of Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Uganda
Dr. Peggy Lai learned a very valuable lesson when she began the preliminary work for her study on indoor air pollution in Uganda: listen to the research participants.