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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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  • Take that world, because I’ve got your number: Remembering Valerie Harper
    September 19, 2019  |  Audrey Sylvia, National Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    For over 40 years, Valerie Harper was an inspiration for women who idolized her iconic television character, Rhoda. Valerie, like her character Rhoda, addressed every challenge in her life head on.
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  • Dream Team Celebrates the Half-Way Mark
    September 17, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Lung cancer continues to be the number one cancer killer across the U.S. Research is critical to help find better ways for early detection and treatment so that more lives can be saved. This goal is what inspired the American Lung Association to team up with other organizations in the lung cancer space in the hopes of bringing together the world's top researchers to tackle this complex issue. Thus, the Stand Up To Cancer-LUNGevity-American Lung Association Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team was born.
    Related Topics:  Impact, Research,
  • Debunking Hollywood’s Asthma Stereotypes
    September 9, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    When you picture a "nerd," what characteristics come to mind? They commonly wear braces, thick-rimmed glasses, and tuck collared shirts into too-short khaki pants. Most significantly, they clutch an inhaler, a small prop that is frequently used as the universal sign of a true geek. It is this false stereotype that has plagued asthma patients for years, making kids ignore symptoms and hide their inhalers to mask a serious illness that they deem embarrassing.
  • My IPF Diagnosis: From Denial to Double Lung Transplant
    September 3, 2019  |  Robert Wollenberg
    Dr. Mike, one of my best friends, solemnly said, "Rob, you have IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). There isn't a cure." My mind silently shouted, "No I don't because I'll get out of this." … A barrier was built. This encounter took place in November 2014. Life moved on, my IPF plateaued and denial continued. But in September 2015, I almost drowned retrieving a dropped canopy stay in 10 feet of water. Half way down my lungs ran out of air. After my wife, Jackie, miraculously saved me, holding each other close in the back of the boat we knew I was in deep trouble.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • American Lung Association Offers Hope and Help to the Youth Vaping Epidemic
    August 29, 2019  |  Michelle Mercure
    Summer is winding down and families are excitedly preparing for the upcoming school year. Stores are brimming with school supplies. Students are anticipating reuniting with friends. Teachers are drafting lesson plans. And the tobacco industry is lying in wait, ready to recruit the next generation of tobacco users, with fancy teen-friendly flavors, tech-savvy products, and enticing online messages that show teens demonstrating fancy vape tricks.
  • The number one thing you can do to improve your asthma symptoms
    August 29, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    It may not surprise you to learn that smoking and secondhand smoke are two of the leading causes of asthma symptoms. But that doesn’t mean that adults with asthma don’t smoke. In fact, about 17 percent of adults with asthma use tobacco products even though it may cause them to experience severe wheezing and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, smoking is highly addictive so even though it is the single best thing someone can do to help their asthma symptoms, it can still be very hard to quit.
  • Can We Breathe on Mars?
    August 19, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Mars has fascinated us since we first saw that brilliant red-tinged light in the sky. As we’ve learned more about the “red planet” many experts, including former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and the late Stephen Hawking, have supported Mars as a prime candidate for human colonization. While Mars is similar to Earth in many ways, one difference could be a real deal-breaker: With an atmosphere that is over 96 percent carbon dioxide, how could we breathe?
    Related Topic:  Science
  • Top 10 Tips for Lung Association Trekkers and Cyclists
    August 13, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Everyone loves healthy air and healthy lungs—but few people truly appreciate it the way cyclists do. For people who love to bike, either competitively or just for fun, there is something almost sacred about cruising down a bike path enjoying the wind on your face and a deep inhale of crisp clean air in your lungs.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,

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