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  • Volunteer in front of clean air sign Battling for Breath: What It's Like to Live in a Polluted City
    November 21, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
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  • 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,
  • Firemen 15 Years Later: Looking at the Respiratory Impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks
    September 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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."
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Impact,
  • What the Heck Is a "Rider"?
    September 6, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • 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,
  • What This Summer's Record-Breaking Heat Waves Mean for Lung Health
    August 16, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Traveling? How's the Air There?
    August 11, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Checking the weather forecast wherever you're going is a common part of vacation planning. But have you thought to check the air quality?
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Secondhand Smoke - What Apartment and Condominium Residents Need to Know
    August 2, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
  • The Health Dangers of Wildfires Are Well Known, Why Not Biomass?
    July 19, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    For many Americans, particularly in the western United States, the start of summer also means the height of wildfire season. In this month alone, wildfires blaze in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, Montana and other western states. We can see the direct destruction that wildfires cause. We also track the harmful wildfire smoke that can threaten the lives and health of firefighters, as well as people living hundreds of miles away.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • The Connection between Lung Cancer and Outdoor Air Pollution
    June 21, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Did you know that air pollution can also cause lung cancer? Overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution in the outdoor air we breathe, like that coming from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources, can cause lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, LUNG FORCE,
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