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  • Kids Missing School Because of Asthma?
    May 17, 2016  |  Barbara M. Kaplan, MPH, CHES
    Children with asthma should be encouraged by caregivers to be active, participate in school and other activities, and should not let asthma be a crutch. A team approach can help to ensure that they will be safe and healthy when they are outside a parent or guardian's reach.
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  • Illustration of woman sneezing and speedometer. How Fast Is a Sneeze Versus a Cough? Cover Your Mouth Either Way!
    May 12, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Coughing and sneezing are just some of the more interesting and complicated ways the body works to protect your lungs from contamination, and these methods are performed with a surprising speed and efficiency. But how fast does a sneeze or cough travel, and which is faster?
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science,
  • Woman looking suspiciously at a supplement bottle label Nutritional Supplements for Asthma? Not So Fast.
    May 11, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Who can blame asthma sufferers for looking for different ways to alleviate their asthma symptoms? Many are desperate for a treatment for the wheezing, coughing and sometimes even the drowning-on-land feeling associated with asthma. One purported remedy is the nutritional supplement soy isoflavone.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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?
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