Our Favorite Facts About Animal Lungs
We all know the basics of how our lungs work . We breathe in, filling both of our lungs with fresh air rich in oxygen that fuels our body before exhaling air and waste carbon dioxide. But in the animal kingdom, lungs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
How Your Lungs Get the Job Done
Your lungs work hard. Even when you're resting, they're diligently transporting oxygen into your bloodstream and moving carbon dioxide out. They're part of a serious business run by an intricate structure of organs and tissues — aka your respiratory system.
How Climate Change Has Led to an Increase in Valley Fever
Cases of valley fever have gone up 400 percent from 1998-2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why the increase? New research has spotlighted one possible explanation – increased dust storms due to climate change.
In Support of Science
Earth Day in Washington, D.C., was cool and rainy, but it did not dampen the spirits of thousands of scientists, students and supporters of science marching from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. Joined by an energetic group of colleagues, plus American Lung Association volunteers and friends, we assembled early Saturday morning and made our way to the March for Science rally.
The New Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team
Bringing together leaders from across disciplines, institutions, countries and specialties, the new Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team will be tasked with investigating early molecular or other changes that lead to cancer development with the ultimate goal to stop the progress of lung cancer before it starts.
Anyone with Lungs Can Get Pneumonia—Including Our Pets
When Liz and Andrew adopted their first pet together—a pup they named Nola—they were anxious when they noticed her wheezing. A quick call to the shelter raised suspicion for kennel cough, an infectious respiratory disease which can cause a dry cough, decreased energy, a poor appetite, and in severe cases pneumonia.
Questions and Answers About Stem Cells
What are stem cells and how are they used to treat disease? Get answers to your questions about stem cell therapy and lung disease.
How Fast Is a Sneeze Versus a Cough? Cover Your Mouth Either Way!
Coughing and sneezing are just some of the more interesting and complicated ways the body works to protect your lungs from contamination, and these methods are performed with a surprising speed and efficiency. But how fast does a sneeze or cough travel, and which is faster?
Zach's Facts: How do you know if COPD is worse in one state than another?
COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. We know it impacts some states more than others, but comparing one state to another isn’t exactly apples to apples.
A Fish with a Lung? Meet Granddad
Lungs are essential to life, and not just for humans. Today we want to introduce you to Granddad, a 100-year-old lungfish whose unique respiratory system—having both gills and a lung—not only help him to survive, but may also be key to the evolutionary origins of the lung.