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2018 Articles

  • graphic of a magnifying glass over a lung Tumor Testing Can Open the Door for New Lung Cancer Treatments
    November 13, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Fast and furious. That is an accurate way to categorize the progress that has been made in personalized (or precision) medicine in lung cancer over the past several years. For decades, lung cancer was treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. But now, scientists are learning more about what makes up cancer tumors and causes them to grow, opening the door for treatment tailored to patients’ unique needs.
  • doctor talking to patient The Connection Between Pneumonia and Lung Disease
    November 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Our bodies have built-in security systems. For instance, your nose and airways filter germs out of the air you breathe, which help keep your lungs from becoming infected. But there are times when germs find a way to enter the lungs and cause infections.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • woman patient getting lung cancer screening Lung Cancer Screening: A Simple Way to Save Lives
    November 8, 2018  |  Andrea McKee, M.D.
    What if we could save 25,000 lives with a simple screening? We can. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer of both men and women, accounting for 25 percent of total cancer deaths in the United States. Unfortunately, less than 5 percent of those recommended to undergo lung cancer screening (LCS) for early detection have done so.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • LUNG FORCE turquoise lettering Lung Cancer: Not What You Think
    November 6, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Many of us know lung cancer statistics far too well. We have witnessed them firsthand and have lost far too many people to this devastating disease. But others may not know that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, taking more than 400 of our friends and family members every single day in this country alone.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • senior woman walking outside, clutching her chest When Asthma and COPD Overlap
    October 31, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When a person with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is experiencing shortness of breath or another symptom, they may not think they are suffering from more than one chronic lung disease. However, according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, 15 to 55 percent of patients with variation by gender and age may have asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS), a disease that includes components of both asthma and COPD.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • flu shot Why Does My Arm Hurt After a Flu Shot?
    October 29, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Getting a shot at the doctor’s office might not be the most enjoyable experience, with the needle and the doctor and that pesky arm pain that can come after for some, but vaccination is necessary to help your body defend itself against dangerous diseases, including seasonal influenza (flu).
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • View of an empty living room Do You Know Your Radon Levels?
    October 16, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It’s hard to be choosy about where to live when you’re in need of an affordable rental - especially if you’re on a student budget and need a place fast.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Dark, spooky looking house backlit by purple and grey clouds Enter if You Dare: 6 Spooky Things Lurking Inside Your Home
    October 9, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Ghosts and ghouls, monsters and witches—Halloween is the time to celebrate all things that go bump in the night. But what if there’s something even scarier living inside your home? Indoor air pollutants can put your health at risk, regardless of the season.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • 1918 flu pandemic patients laying on beds in a hospital Centennial of a Pandemic: The 1918 Flu
    September 21, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It’s 1918, and the First World War is beginning to wind down across Europe. But another scourge is also spreading, and it will eventually take even more lives. It's influenza – or the flu – an adversary that’s still with us a century later.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Eva Marie stands in front of a low-dose CT scan machine. The Cancer Moonshot: Ending cancer as we know it
    September 20, 2018  |  Deborah P. Brown
    The American Lung Association has been proud to stand with the Biden Cancer Initiative, focusing intently on our work to defeat lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact,
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