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  • 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.
  • 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,
  • Dragon's breath dessert that uses liquid nitrogen at point of sale. Image attribution: By Rhododendrites [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons Dragon's Breath? Not Unless You Have Dragon Lungs
    September 19, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Popular desserts commonly marketed as "Dragon’s Breath," "Heaven’s Breath," "nitro puff" and more—can cause serious injury and harm to your health.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Cars in traffic To Protect Marylanders' Health, Defend Clean Car Standards
    September 14, 2018  |  Dr. Panagis Galiatsos
    The latest threat to our health is the effort to roll back federal clean car standards that limit vehicle pollution. Read why this Maryland physician is asking leaders to fight back.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Abstract of hands holding digital lungs. Things to Know about Lung Transplants
    September 13, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A lung transplant is a major operation and there are some considerations before and after you'll want to keep in mind - like how you're getting there, your emotional health, how you get matched. Learn about things you might not know and see answers to common lung transplant questions.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Older couple sitting outside looking at camera. Support and Community on Inspire.com
    September 11, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Learn how Lung Association's free online communities help patients and caregivers including those impacted by lung disease, lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and people who are trying to quit smoking.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Crowd of people at outdoor music festival. Festival Flu: What is it and how to avoid it
    September 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Affectionately referred to as “Festival Flu,” this virus is anecdotally said to set in on a Tuesday, after a weekend of concerts. But what exactly is it?
  • Randy walking on a sidewalk with oxygen therapy Behind the Scenes at the American Lung Association's Oxygen Therapy Video Shoot
    August 23, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    In the fall of 2017, the American Lung Association embarked on a large project to develop resources for people facing pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a disease that causes scarring in the lungs.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • TJ Fischer Professional Racecar Driver's Tips for Exercising with Asthma
    August 16, 2018  |  TJ Fischer
    The relationship between exercise and asthma might seem confusing: If asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder for you to breathe, then wouldn’t exercise seemingly be out of the question? Quite the contrary! Implementing physical activity is a critical component in controlling and actually improving the way your body copes with the disease.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • The Challenge of Diagnosing IPF
    August 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A patient complaining of cough and shortness of breath sits on the exam table. A healthcare provider takes out their stethoscope and listens to their lungs.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • scuba diver in pool Learning to Breathe Underwater: My First Experience with Scuba Diving
    August 10, 2018  |  Heather Mangan
    Don’t hold your breath and other rules I learned about scuba diving, lungs and breathing underwater.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • kids running in a hallway Back to School with Asthma: From Backpacks to Quick-Relief Inhalers
    August 8, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    If you are a parent of a child with asthma, you may worry about your child’s health along with their grades. As millions of kids get ready to head back to school, remember to add these items to your Back-to-School Checklist to help you and your child prepare for a successful, healthy school year.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Man and woman sitting on a bench overlooking pond #DYK You Can Still Get Pneumonia in the Summer?
    August 1, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Most people associate getting a cold, the flu or even pneumococcal pneumonia with winter weather, but while there may be an uptick in cases during the cold, wet months—it is still possible to be sidelined with a respiratory infection during the summer months. In fact, pneumococcal pneumonia can occur any time of the year. It can strike anywhere, anytime and may start quickly with little warning.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Doctor talking to senior male patient Why Are Vaccines Important?
    August 1, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and a yearly reminder of the importance of vaccines. It can be difficult in the United States to fully understand how important vaccination is, because many diseases are becoming very rare largely because of vaccination.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Red carriage in front of smoke stacks Tell EPA: Protect Science to Protect Health
    July 31, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Science is under attack and so are pollution limits that protect our health. EPA is knowingly trying to limit the science the agency can use in order to protect industry profits, at the expense of Americans' health.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Science,
  • Shark Sharks Need Oxygen Too
    July 24, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    One thing you might not know about sharks is that, like humans, they need oxygen to stay alive. And, like humans, what they breathe is under threat from the same, growing concern.
  • Mold and cleaning supplies Combating Mold and Preventing Asthma Symptoms
    July 17, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    More than 26 million Americans have asthma. Of our friends, colleagues and family members who are living with asthma, 5-10 percent of them have severe or difficult to control asthma and experience asthma symptoms more frequently. Asthma triggers - such as cigarette smoke and air pollution - can cause asthma symptoms.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Nurse giving asthma MDI to youth On the Frontlines of Asthma Care
    July 17, 2018  |  Jill Heins-Nesvold, MS
    Since 2010, I've had the immense pleasure in leading and working with members of the American Lung Association Lung Health Promotion team across the country to implement our Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program. To date, our teams have worked with over 300 primary care clinics in 10 states to implement a 10-step quality improvement program to help support asthma management and care for children.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
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