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  • Purple banner with two cartoon lungs smiling, with text that reads Happy Lungs, Happy Valentine
    February 12, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    You’ve cleaned the house, spritzed with perfume, lit candles, and built a roaring fire - you’re all set for a romantic Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, right? Think again! You might be surprised to learn that all of the above - and lots more - can cause indoor air pollution in your home.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Red SOTC 2019 Banner 'State of Tobacco Control' - A Wakeup Call About the E-cigarette Epidemic
    February 11, 2019  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans a year. For 17 years, our “State of Tobacco Control” report has tracked and graded efforts to reduce tobacco use by state and federal governments. Over this time, the tobacco prevention and quit smoking policies called for in our report have been a remarkable public health success story, resulting in record lows for both adult and youth cigarette smoking rates. However, new factors, especially the dramatic rise of e-cigarette use among youth warn us that this hard-won success could be fleeting.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Blue darts in checkered dart board What You Need to Know about Precision Medicine: A Guide
    February 4, 2019  |  Carly Ornstein
    Follow this flow chart to be guided through the highlights of our expert panel on the growing field of lung cancer precision medicine and subsequent drug approvals.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • woman looking at x-ray results on a wall When an Injury Turns into a Lung Cancer Scare
    January 29, 2019  |  Carly Ornstein
    At the end of 2018, according to press reports, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had early stage lung cancer surgically removed. Justice Ginsburg had what physicians call an "incidental finding." It was widely reported that Ginsburg's cancer was found during tests she received while being treated for a rib fracture. In other words, while physicians were treating her for something else, they stumbled upon early stage lung cancer. This is not entirely uncommon. Pulmonary nodules (small growths in the lung) are commonly encountered in clinical practice. Most of these nodules are not cancerous, or benign. They can be caused by previous infections or illnesses and sometimes there is no known cause. Some small lung nodules will turn out to be lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • Doctor and patient looking at x-ray Are There Environmental or Health Factors that Can Cause Lung Cancer?
    January 24, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Lung cancer is caused when cells in the lung mutate or change. Researchers have spent decades trying to understand what causes these cells to mutate. Most lung cancers are caused when someone repeatedly breathes in toxic substances. However, for some people, the cause of their lung cancer is never known.
  • man and woman standing in front of a house So Your Home Has High Radon Levels. Now What?
    January 14, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    You’ve tested your home for radon as we keep urging you to, and, surprise! You discover your levels are dangerously high. Now what? First, relax: you’re not alone. One in 15 homes across the country tests positive for dangerous levels of radon, an invisible, odorless gas that causes lung cancer.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • The word Five Things to Know about Whooping Cough
    January 10, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Before a vaccine was introduced in the late 1940s, pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, was a leading cause of childhood illness and death in the United States. The vaccine was so effective that the number of cases in the U.S. went from more than a million diagnosed between 1940-1945, to less than 3,000 a year by the mid-1980s.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Najee Richardson Q&A with Najee Richardson
    January 7, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Najee Richardson, a former gymnast, is well-known as one of three 2018 finalists in NBC’s American Ninja Warrior championship. The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city final rounds across the country. Those who successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a four-stage obstacle course, competing for a cash prize.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • LUNG FORCE Hero Alexander The Fighters
    December 18, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Behind every fight for breath, there’s a story: a husband who battles through long and difficult treatment. A mom who keeps going for her son. A dad who inspires his kids to ensure no one has to suffer like him.Every story is a reminder that this community will do whatever it takes to stop lung disease, for ourselves and for others. We wanted to share a snapshot of these people, their lives and those who love them.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • image of a clock Watchful Waiting and Lung Cancer Treatment: When is it the right choice?
    December 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    You watch sunsets or movies or birds. You wait for buses or amusement park rides or your turn in line. But what do watching and waiting have to do with lung cancer? It can seem counterintuitive to a lung cancer patient for their doctor to recommend "watchful waiting" or “active surveillance” as the right course of action for treating their lung cancer tumor.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • patient and doctor Do No Harm: Why You Shouldn’t Smoke Around Lung Cancer Patients
    December 6, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is unsafe for everyone, but did you know that it can be especially dangerous for people with lung cancer ? We sat down with Oladimeji Akinboro, M.D., M.P.H., Fellow, Hematology/Oncology at Boston University Medical Center to discuss what is known about the impacts of secondhand smoke exposures on lung cancer patients and what still needs to be discovered.
  • soapy hands Clean Hands, Healthy Lungs
    December 4, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    What’s the best way to avoid getting sick? Washing your hands! It’s especially important to remember handwashing this time of year when respiratory illnesses—like the flu—are circulating. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth with germy hands is the most common way to catch a virus.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • copd and anxiety Coping with COPD and Anxiety
    November 27, 2018  |  Caryn Blanton, MSW, LCSW
    With symptoms like shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, it’s easy to understand why anxiety is common in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Anxiety can bring up feelings of nervousness and fear, and even physical symptoms which can impact day-to-day life. Identifying, understanding and managing anxiety is important for people living with COPD. Especially since this connection between anxiety and COPD is associated with more severe COPD symptoms, increased use of healthcare, more hospitalizations and need for treatment.
  • Miss Pennsylvania 2018 and Gettysburg native Kayla Repasky gets her flu vaccine from CVS Pharmacist Brittany Whiteman Miss Pennsylvania Encourages Flu Protection for Communities throughout Pennsylvania
    November 21, 2018  |  Kayla Repasky, Miss Pennsylvania
    As a nursing student at the University of Alabama last year, I was in shock when I found out the number of students who were reluctant to get the flu vaccine. There seemed to be so many misconceptions about it. To help combat those flu myths, I decided to hold a flu shot clinic on campus—allowing students to get their flu shot for free. It was a great success with 300 people coming by the clinic, and the opportunity to have some much-needed conversations with my fellow students was tremendous. This year, I have been able to team up with the American Lung Association to help raise even more awareness of the importance of the influenza vaccine and help dispel some of those myths.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • master settlement agreement 20th Anniversary of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
    November 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Twenty years ago, four major tobacco companies settled a court case with 46 states and the District of Columbia. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) remains the largest civil settlement in U.S. history, and as a result, kids are better protected from tobacco marketing (see you later Joe Camel!). The funding from the settlement was intended to be allocated to lifesaving tobacco control efforts in states, not just when the agreement was signed, but through annual payments by the tobacco companies to the states forever due to the death and disease their products cause.
  • 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,
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