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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 program 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,
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