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  • woman breathing COPD: What Patients and Caregivers Should Know
    November 14, 2016  |  MeiLan K. Han, M.D.
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a disease that millions of Americans live with each day. In honor of COPD Awareness Month and to share more about this complicated respiratory disease, we asked COPD expert Meilan King Han, M.D. what patients and caregivers should know about COPD.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Col. Smith Helping Our Veterans Breathe Easier
    November 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    The members of our armed forces, active and veterans, make tremendous sacrifices to serve our country. Their lung health should not be one of them. They have earned all the support we can give them. This Veteran's Day, we talked to a decorated Gulf War veteran and learned how he, like a true Marine, is battling lung cancer head on.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • doctor and patient Lung Cancer: What Everyone Should Know About Screening Options
    November 1, 2016  |  Andrea McKee, M.D.
    In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to help more Americans learn about this disease, we asked Dr. Andrea McKee what everyone should know about lung cancer screening.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • From A(sthma) to TB
    October 25, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    We talked to a few of this year's research awardees to get the details on their projects, which run the gamut from asthma and hot weather to drug-resistant tuberculosis.
    Related Topics:  Research, Impact,
  • Smoking Doesn't Control My Life Anymore. I Do.
    October 21, 2016  |  Dee Holmes
    I started smoking when I was 16 years old and continued for 38 years. I was recently asked how often I smoked, but the better question is "When didn't I smoke?" I guess everyone has to sleep sometime.
  • Research Awards Nationwide: Where Are They Now?
    October 20, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Over the years, we've funded more than 1,550 researchers, many of whom have continued their careers in lung disease. Here's what a few of our previous Research Awards Nationwide awardees are up to now.
    Related Topics:  Research, Impact,
  • A New (Smokefree) Life Ordered Up
    October 13, 2016  |  Dean Angell
    I'm a flight nurse, a father of three daughters, divorced and I'm a smoker. I was looking pretty good until the last part. Actually I didn't even have to confess the last part, you probably smelled me long before you met me. Frankly I never tried quitting and never cared before now.
  • 4 women on blue whoosh background Why We Built a FORCE to Defeat Lung Cancer
    October 12, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    More women than ever are dying of lung cancer, and in order to save lives we need to understand why.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • Racecar on track An Asthma Attack at 140 MPH
    October 11, 2016  |  TJ Fischer, Racecar Driver
    It was the 74th running of the Grand Prix de Pau, my nerves at an all-time high as I got a pat on the head from my mechanic, followed by the call to start engines. The grid cleared and the start lights illuminated. 3, 2, 1, GO!! Racecar Driver TJ Fischer recounts the time he had an asthma attack at 140 MPH.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • illustration of woman getting shot, washing hands, calling doctor and home sick. 4 Ways to Reduce Your Flu Risk
    October 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    High fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and body aches. Getting the flu is no fun. This contagious respiratory infection affects your whole body, including your nose, throat and lungs. But there are easy ways to reduce your risk for getting and spreading the flu. Follow these four tips:
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Stand Up to Cancer telecast screenshot The New Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team
    October 6, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Bringing together leaders from across disciplines, institutions, countries and specialties, the new Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team will be tasked with investigating early molecular or other changes that lead to cancer development with the ultimate goal to stop the progress of lung cancer before it starts.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact, Science, Research,
  • Map of U.S. How Raising Tobacco Sales Age to 21 Will Save Lives
    October 5, 2016  |  Thomas Carr
    Can something as simple as raising the legal age for sale of tobacco products to 21 save lives? Yes! Raising the minimum sales age for tobacco products to 21 could save as many as 223,000 lives for those born between 2000 and 2019. Look at the facts.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Person getting flu shot in arm. Myths and Facts about the Flu Shot
    October 5, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Each year, influenza, or flu, sends thousands of Americans to the hospital. This contagious respiratory infection affects the entire body and is usually spread when a person coughs or sneezes. The single most effective thing you can do to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated every year. There are misconceptions about the flu shot that cause people to skip this important preventative measure.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Run a Marathon When You Have Asthma? Yes, You Can.
    October 4, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    While completing a marathon is a difficult feat for anyone, it can be especially challenging for those who suffer from a chronic respiratory disease. To learn more about what it's like to run marathons as an individual who struggles with a respiratory issue, we spoke with Jeremy Deaton, an avid runner living and running with asthma.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • Cigarettes Control Your Life, Not the Other Way Around
    October 4, 2016  |  Tom Morgan
    I smoked for over 40 years, and tried quitting several times with pills, patches and hypnosis. And then I had a heart attack, and the hospital really drilled into me to stop quitting and recommended the Freedom from Smoking program. It was the only thing that I hadn't tried before, and it was what finally worked.
  • Day I Quit blog logo Through Mulish Determination and a Little Help From My Friends
    September 29, 2016  |  Judy Reisman
    I started smoking in my senior year of high school and continued to smoke for the next 45 years. I finally came to the conclusion that I couldn't quit smoking on my own.
  • From Three Packs a Day to Smokefree!
    September 27, 2016  |  Susan Donovan
    I first started smoking when I was in middle school. One or two cigarettes a day. Then high school when my mother found out, I was allowed three a day. That was in the late 1960s when people didn't know the consequences. It was "cool" to smoke; even advertised that way.
  • 7 Things Everyone Should Know about Pulmonary Fibrosis
    September 15, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    This September is Global Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a serious lung disease, but what exactly is it?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Firemen 15 Years Later: Looking at the Respiratory Impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks
    September 9, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Fifteen years after Sept.11, 2001, we remember and honor the victims of the tragic attacks, and the first responders who risked their own lives to save others. Beyond the terrible destruction and loss of life, many of the survivors and first responders suffered from respiratory illness due to their exposure to what many refer to as "World Trade Center Dust."
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Impact,
  • Stop the Cigar Lobbyists' Back Room Deal
    September 7, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Riders are often attached to spending bills behind closed doors after corporate lobbyists have met with members of Congress and their staffs—hence the term "back-room deals." And they come at the expense of regular Americans. 
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
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