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2019 Articles

  • Bela Lugosi as dracula A Halloween Mystery—Did Dracula Have Tuberculosis?
    October 10, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Is it possible that TB was once responsible for a plague of vampires? This Halloween, let’s gather around the campfire and hear the story of The Great New England Vampire Panic.
    Related Topics:  Arts & Entertainment, Impact,
  • Doctor litsening to patients lungs with stethoscope The Story of One Woman’s Lifelong Struggle with Chronic Cough
    October 8, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Paulette Nyahay is no stranger to dealing with lung disease. At age 38 she was diagnosed with asthma, after struggling with breathing problems all her life. She developed severe allergies, not only to environmental factors but also to food and even a sensitivity to smells.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Woman holding her head and wincing What It Means to Be "Nic-Sick"
    October 2, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    All nicotine is addictive but did you know high levels of nicotine can not only create a stronger addiction but also cause your body to overdose on the drug?
  • Dr. Sequist Dr. Lecia Sequist Talks about Her Revolutionary Lung Cancer Research Study
    September 26, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Dr. Lecia Sequist has spent her career not only treating lung cancer but seeking answers to improve the lives of her patients. She was delighted when the American Lung Association agreed to fund her research, a project that sought to improve lung cancer screening options.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Woman taking a deep breath outside 5 Simple Steps You Can Take to Clean Up the Air on World Lung Day
    September 25, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    On September 25, organizations across the nation will celebrate the latest achievements in lung health in recognition of World Lung Day. But it’s impossible to breathe easy knowing how many things still need to be done to achieve healthy air and create a world free of lung disease. Established by The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), World Lung Day is a time for us all to take a hard look at what we can do, individually and as a society, to work toward clean air and healthy lungs for all.
    Related Topic:  Impact
  • Students playing wind instruments Inhale Air, Exhale Music
    September 20, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    We breathe an estimated 17,000 breaths a day, and breathe in about 2,000 gallons of air—enough to almost fill up a normal-sized swimming pool. Most of us don't even think about it as we go about our daily routine. But what if your breathing technique was one of the most important skills to having a successful career?
  • Valerie Harper holding LUNG FORCE sign. 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.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Two people taking a selfie in front of the NCTOH logo The Tobacco Control Vaccine: Lessons Learned from the 2019 National Conference on Tobacco or Health
    September 18, 2019  |  Jennifer Folkenroth, National Senior Director, Tobacco
    As the new school year gets well underway, sports fans fill out their fantasy football season rosters (Go Eagles!) and northerners prepare for fall color tours and a potential "Snowpocalypse," the American Lung Association's work to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases doesn't stop.
  • Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team 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,
  • Boy using inhaler 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.
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