Getting into the Weeds: Do Houseplants Really Improve Air Quality?
Houseplants can brighten up a room and make it more inviting, but can they actually “clean” the air? As you’ll see, the real story behind the connection between plants and air pollution is complicated.
2016 – The Year in Lung Health
Your lungs may not know it, but they just had a very important year! Looking back at 2016, we see a year of great change, challenges and progress in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Deadly December Smogs to Remember—and Prevent
An episode of the show "The Crown" depicts the "Great Smog," a historic air pollution event in London, which caused widespread illness and an estimated 12,000 deaths. Unfortunately, those events aren’t Netflix fiction or just vestiges of the past —similar “great smogs” are happening today.
Remembering Leon G. Billings: Honoring an Individual Whose Critical Work Continues to Save Lives
As we all reflect on what we are grateful for this Thanksgiving, the American Lung Association recognizes and thanks Leon G. Billings, whose tireless work for clean air helped to advance our mission to save lives, prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Last week, Mr. Billings passed away at age 78, and American lost one of its unsung heroes.
Battling for Breath: What It's Like to Live in a Polluted City
Most people know that air pollution is bad for human health. Scenes of smokestacks and hazy horizons conjure up mental images of coughing and wheezing. But not everyone realizes what it takes to stay safe in an area with consistently harmful levels of air pollution, especially for people with a chronic lung disease.
Run a Marathon When You Have Asthma? Yes, You Can.
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.
15 Years Later: Looking at the Respiratory Impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks
Fifteen years after Sept.11, 2001, we remember and honor the victims of the tragic attacks, and the first responders who risked their own lives to save others. Beyond the terrible destruction and loss of life, many of the survivors and first responders suffered from respiratory illness due to their exposure to what many refer to as "World Trade Center Dust."
What the Heck Is a "Rider"?
In the world of Congress, a rider isn’t a person who takes a train or bicycle. It’s actually a term for a type of amendment to legislation. And while the name sounds harmless, riders are actually a huge problem.
High Water Threatens Lung Health Even After the Rains End
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.
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.