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August 2019 Articles

  • Group of teenage kids with fall background. 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.
  • Image of cigarette, lighter and inhaler 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.
  • Wildfire smoke hanging in the air above a residential street. Surprising Reasons Everyone Should Care About Wildfires
    August 22, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    If you watch the news, you’ve probably noticed that massive wildfires have been making more and more headlines. Over the past 10 years, there have been an average of over 7 million acres burned annually. In 2018 alone, 8.8 million acres were burned nationwide, the sixth-largest figure on record, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Unfortunately, experts say this upward trend is likely to continue.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) is an exploration technology investigation that will produce oxygen from Martian atmospheric carbon dioxide. Photo credit: NASA 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,
  • Kids splashing water on the side of a pool. Keeping Your Child Safe in the Water
    August 6, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Swimming is a quintessential part of the summer experience for many adults and children. It can provide great exercise and is a wonderful way to beat the summer heat. Unfortunately, there are risks to swimming - mainly drowning. By staying vigilant and taking safety precautions, you can help keep your whole family safe this summer. Here is what you need to know.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Wildfire Stories: California Emergency Physician Shares How Patients, Staff and Family Are Impacted
    August 2, 2019  |  Marc Futernick, M.D.
    I am an emergency physician in Los Angeles in a busy, inner-city trauma center with exposure to every kind of disease and injury, including a large number of homeless and low-income patients, and patients with behavioral health issues. This gives me an extensive experience and unique perspective on how people are impacted by changes in our environment, particularly some of our most vulnerable patients.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air

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