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  • Pulmonologist showing an x-ray Know Your Providers: What Does a Pulmonologist Do?
    May 15, 2019  |  Brenda Kimble
    Whether you're seeking a diagnosis for a lung condition or you've finally figured out why you're struggling to breathe, a pulmonologist is a type of doctor you may be referred to see. But what do they do? Who do they treat? How can they help you? Here's what you need to know about pulmonologists.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • CVS More Than Just a Job: CVS Health Supports LUNG FORCE
    May 9, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Mickey Anderson was taking a big leap of faith when he left a stable career to join CVS Health in 2014. But he knew that he had made the right choice when his first task as a CVS Health Region Director in California was to help remove all tobacco from his stores’ shelves. "I will never forget that moment,” said Mickey. “I can still see all of those boxes of cigarettes being loaded into the truck and sending them back to the warehouse."
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 2019 State of the Air social share image The Lung Association's 'State of the Air Report' at 20: A Look Back and Ahead
    May 6, 2019  |  Ronald White
    Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan once stated "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Twenty years ago, the American Lung Association initiated the "State of the Air" report, with the goal of providing the public and policy makers with information summarizing air quality in their cities and counties.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Wildfires Changing the State of Our Air
    April 30, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    When you think of Montana, you probably think of wide-open spaces, high plains, big sky country and presumably fresh, clean air. But the American Lung Association’s 20th annual “State of the Air” report finds something unexpected—increasing air pollution in the ”Big Sky Country.” The culprit? Wildfires driven by climate change.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • deflated frown face balloon What Is a Collapsed Lung?
    April 25, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Our lungs are responsible for bringing oxygen into the bloodstream and removing carbon dioxide from our bodies. Each lung expands like a balloon when we inhale air, but what happens if the balloon cannot inflate?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Debbie Davis, a member of the Chicago Better Breathers Club, sitting on a couch and wearing a cannula Living with Sarcoidosis Just Got a Little Easier
    April 9, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Designed for individuals living with a chronic lung disease, the American Lung Association's Better Breathers Clubs are in-person support groups led by a trained facilitator. The meetings feature technical presentations about pulmonary rehab and oxygen therapy as well as more relaxed discussions around the best ways to live day-to-day with a chronic lung disease. "But mainly we just sit around and laugh. In fact, we come 30 minutes early just to gossip!" said Debbie.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • two women standing against a blue wall flexing their arm muscles Why We Need Strong Tobacco 21 Laws
    April 4, 2019  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Across the United States, we have seen towns, cities and states join the movement to increase the legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 years old. Tobacco 21 laws are popular, with Americans recognizing that these laws will help prevent our kids from starting to use tobacco products and save hundreds of thousands of lives if implemented nationwide. We’re currently pushing for a federal Tobacco 21 law, but until that day comes the focus is on passing laws to increase the sales age to 21 in states.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • photo from bike trek Reasons to Ride: Lung Association Bike Trekkers Share Why They Keep Coming Back
    April 2, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Imagine taking a long-distance bicycling trip, through winding roads, with a group of supportive friends, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and stunning views. The American Lung Association Treks allow for just this, but make no mistake, it’s an endurance sport that lasts several hours or even days. It’s physically challenging but it’s also an inspirational experience that builds a sense of community and lasting bonds.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • solar panels Reducing Air Pollution from Health Systems
    March 28, 2019  |  Steve Bergstrom and Liz Joy, M.D., MPH
    "Where Does Air Pollution Come From?" is our theme for the month of March in our 2019 Year of Air Pollution & Health. To highlight both sources and solutions, we are featuring a series of blogs to highlight successful efforts to reduce pollution from major sources. For our third and final post, we teamed up with Year of Air Pollution & Health partner, Health Care Without Harm, to show how the healthcare industry can reduce its contribution to air pollution.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • cars sitting in traffic Reducing Air Pollution from Cars and Trucks: The Success of the Cleaner Car Standards
    March 21, 2019  |  Will Barrett
    The American Lung Association’s Year of Air Pollution and Health seeks to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, and to generate support for the solutions needed to provide healthy air for every American. This month’s theme is “Where does Air Pollution Come From?”
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • tb_k TB in the Community: Forgotten but Not Gone
    March 19, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    A hundred years ago, tuberculosis (TB) was the leading cause of death in the United States. These days, thanks to the development of effective treatments and a vigilant public health system, this deadly disease is largely controlled in the U.S. But TB is not gone - and it should not be forgotten.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • JUUL packaging surrounded by smoke. Vaping: It's All Smoke and Mirrors
    March 18, 2019  |  Troy Moritz, DO, FACOS
    A new generation is at risk for irreversible lung damage and disease from e-cigarettes, yet many people view them as harmless. Dr. Troy Moritz explores the dangers of vaping.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • air polution related words in front of a power plant Reducing Air Pollution from Power Plants: The Success of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
    March 14, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    “Where Does Air Pollution Come From?” That’s our theme for the month of March as part of the Year of Air Pollution & Health, and we are doing a series of blogs featuring success stories of reducing pollution from major sources.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • man sleeping in a bed A Good Day Begins with Good Sleep - Get Help with Sleep Apnea So You Can Catch Your ZZZs
    March 12, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    One of the keys to having a good day starts with a good night’s sleep. This National Sleep Awareness Week we’re echoing the National Sleep Foundation to remind you that a good day and good health begins with sleep.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • pregnant woman sitting Myths and Truths about Asthma and Pregnancy
    February 28, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    The Lung Association is here to reassure you that most women with asthma can have a normal pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby. The key is working closely with your medical provider to monitor your asthma symptoms and make changes to your asthma treatment plan as needed.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Woman in workout clothes blowing nose. Can You Exercise with a Cold?
    February 26, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Staying fit is always a good idea. But is it a good idea or even safe to exercise when you have a cold? If so, what type of exercise is recommended and what precautions should you take? Before you hit the gym or unroll your yoga mat with a case of the sniffles, let’s see what the experts say.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • 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
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