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EACH Breath: a Blog by the American Lung Association

Breathing is essential to life, and through this blog, we hope to illustrate the importance of lung health. Hear directly from experts, researchers, staff and volunteers about our ongoing fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.

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  • JUUL: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
    June 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    They look harmless enough - like a flash drive that might contain music or photos. But a JUUL (pronounced like "jewel") contains something more worrisome - highly addictive nicotine - and as the most popular brand of e-cigarette on the market, they have the potential to hook young people on nicotine, and could lead them to turn to traditional cigarettes.

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  • Does Exposure to Pest and Pet Allergens Reduce Child's Asthma Risk
    May 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A recent study that said young children exposed to pet or pest allergens were at a lower risk of developing asthma. But, it might not be that that simple.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • An Amazing Journey: How Young Lungs Develop
    May 11, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    By the time you take your first breath, your lungs have already undergone a fascinating transformation. From birth through childhood and on to adulthood, your lungs experience an amazing journey, becoming the hard-working, life-sustaining organs that are so easy to take for granted.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Sharing Our Lung Cancer Stories, Instilling New Hope
    May 8, 2018  |  Deborah P. Brown
    Actor Shantel VanSanten remembers the moment when she decided that lung cancer would not define her or her family. Her grandmother Doris had passed away after being diagnosed with the disease, inspiring Shantel to become an advocate and fight in her memory.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 'State of the Air': Most Polluted Cities, Then and Now
    April 30, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    For 19 years, the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report has tracked air quality across America, chronicling our nation's progress in making our air cleaner and healthier. Over the years, the report has celebrated the reduction of harmful air pollution to the Clean Air Act.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Your Aging Lungs
    April 24, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Your lungs are amazing and incredibly hard-working organs. But they are not immune to the passage of time. As you age, so do your lungs, and it’s helpful to understand how your lungs change, what’s natural, and what could be a signal that you need to talk to your doctor.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Earth Day Checklist: 5 Ways You Can Help the Planet and Lung Health by Reducing Air Pollution
    April 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Clean, healthy air is essential to protecting public health and the environment. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, send people to the hospital, shape how kids' lungs develop and can even be deadly. Thanks to safeguards put in place under the Clean Air Act over the last 49 years, our country has made progress in cleaning up and limiting harmful air pollution. But there’s still much work to do before everyone has healthy air to breathe.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Celebrating Volunteer Excellence: Dr. Amy Chuang
    April 16, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's often said that the reason volunteers aren't paid is because their contributions are priceless. Nothing could better describe our thousands of dedicated volunteers all across the country. The American Lung Association was founded by volunteers (in fact, we're the nation's first voluntary health organization), and volunteers remain a vibrant, energizing force in our organization.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • Sarcoidosis Questions Answered
    April 12, 2018  |  Raul Martinez, patient advocate for Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research; answers by Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, M.D., FCCP, and president-elect of the American College of Chest Physicians
    In early April of 2002, after working at both Ground Zero and the Staten Island Landfill in New York City, I started noticing the first symptoms of sarcoidosis. I began experiencing a lack of sleep, extreme tiredness, skins lesions, difficulty breathing and a lack of appetite. I first attributed these symptoms to a lack of rest and working so many hours, but they started to get worse.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • In Case You Missed It: EPA Proposes to Revoke Limit Oil & Gas Pollution Protections
    April 4, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to revoke clean air protections that limit oil and gas pollution. As they continue to move forward with rollbacks that have damaging consequences for the health of all Americans, it raises the question, what exactly is the EPA protecting?
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air

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