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  • Illustration of doctor talking about sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis Questions Answered
    April 12, 2018  |  Raul Martinez, patient advocate for Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research; answers by Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, M.D., FCCP, and president-elect of the American College of Chest Physicians
    In early April of 2002, after working at both Ground Zero and the Staten Island Landfill in New York City, I started noticing the first symptoms of sarcoidosis. I began experiencing a lack of sleep, extreme tiredness, skins lesions, difficulty breathing and a lack of appetite. I first attributed these symptoms to a lack of rest and working so many hours, but they started to get worse.
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  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patient Jim Hartmann Why We Need Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Now More Than Ever
    March 29, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Hiking was the first activity that became hard for Jim Hartmann, who had led an active lifestyle traveling, hiking and canoeing. Next, it was climbing stairs at work. He continued struggling for years, thinking his breathlessness was a sign of aging. Four years ago, Jim noticed that even light activities, such as gardening, were leaving him exhausted.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Ugandan woman holding kerosene lamp for indoor lighting Home Lighting Sources Can Lead to High Levels of Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Uganda
    March 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Dr. Peggy Lai learned a very valuable lesson when she began the preliminary work for her study on indoor air pollution in Uganda: listen to the research participants.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Early Diagnosis: The stage at which someone is diagnosed with lung cancer varies by state. New LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer" 2018 Report Looks at the Toll of Lung Cancer Across the Country
    March 2, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Every three and a half minutes, someone in the U.S. will die from lung cancer, accounting for about one in four cancer deaths. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 18.1 percent - much lower than those for many other common cancers, making lung cancer the leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. Why is diagnosing and treating lung cancer so complex?
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Impact,
  • Dr. Renee walking up stairs at Fight For Air Climb Training for the Climb with Asthma
    February 27, 2018  |  Dr. Renee from the "The Ask Dr. Renee Show"
    I have recently made a decision to participate in the Fight For Air Climb in Chicago on March 11, 2018. I know you are probably saying, "Why would someone volunteer to climb 180 flights of stairs?!" On top of the physical challenge, I also have severe asthma.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • Test Your Lung Health Knowledge
    February 26, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It's time for a pop quiz, because who doesn't love a good exam? We sure do. Take this test with friends and family to see who knows the most about lung health and lung disease. Avid EACH Breath blog readers will ace it.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Donna Fernandez sitting with her two Eskimo dogs Clinical Trial Helps Lung Cancer Patient Live Active Life with Her Eskimo Dogs
    February 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Donna Fernandez's father died of adenocarcinoma at the age of 49, just six months after he was diagnosed, so when she learned she had the same disease, she knew exactly what it meant. "They told my husband that I would live for four months," she recalled.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Research,
  • Measuring spoons of sugar on table A Breakthrough in the Connection Between Sugar and Lung Cancer
    February 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Research is the key to new discoveries in lung health and over the past decade, we've seen strides made in lung cancer treatment and care. Personalized treatment is advancing thanks to biomarker testing and targeted therapies. New methods of early detection with low-dose CT scans can increase the chances of survival for individuals at high risk. Still, we know more research is needed to defeat lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science, Research,
  • Martha S. Saving More Lives Through Lung Cancer Screening
    December 19, 2017  |  Martha S.
    Lung cancer screening is key to saving more lives of those at high risk for the disease. I know because a scan saved me.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Holiday Gatherings How to Prepare Lung-Friendly Holiday Gatherings
    December 14, 2017  |  Editorial Staff
    It's that time of year again, holiday party season is in full swing. Chestnuts are roasting, marshmallows are toasting, and we're here to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year without the added worry of your lung health.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
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