Health & Wellness Topics
Many State Medicaid Programs Fall Short of Adequate Home Intervention Coverage for Asthma Care
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. 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.
What This Summer's Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean for Lung Health
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.
Traveling? How's the Air There?
Checking the weather forecast wherever you're going is a common part of vacation planning. But have you thought to check the air quality?
How a School District in Texas is Helping Children with Asthma
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.
Secondhand Smoke - What Apartment and Condominium Residents Need to Know
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
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
Do You Have Your Back to School with Asthma Checklist?
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.
The Link between Asthma and Weight
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?
Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes
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.
Don't Puff Around Pets
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.