Healthy Air Topics
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.
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?
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.
The Health Dangers of Wildfires Are Well Known, Why Not Biomass?
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
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.
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.
For Kids with Asthma, Rising Temperatures Require Extra Caution
For children with asthma, the warm summer months are anything but carefree. Pennsylvania resident Claudia Ramos constantly worries about her 12-year-old son Jesse's health when temperatures rise toward the end of the school year and throughout the summer months.
Mishka, the Little Sea Otter with an Inhaler
You might assume that asthma is a human condition, but animals can have asthma, too. In fact, it's fairly common in cats and horses. Marine animals with asthma, on the other hand, are a lot less common. Mishka is the first known sea otter to be diagnosed with asthma.
Poor air quality threatens health of more than half of Americans
While we have seen tremendous improvements in air quality over the years due to the public health success of the Clean Air Act, poor air quality still threatens the health of more than half of all Americans, especially those with asthma and other lung diseases.