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  • Researcher Chris Lim, M.S. What Do We Know About Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Health?
    June 20, 2019  |  Chris Lim, M.S.
    In 2014, Chris Lim, M.S. set out to understand long-term effects of climate change—specifically, temperature variability and air pollution—on health. At the time, short-term effects had been studied extensively, but not much was known about long-term exposure and adverse health outcomes. As a lung health dissertation fellow at New York University School of Medicine, Lim needed financial support for his doctoral dissertation on this topic.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • A mother and child laughing while reading a book. Pediatricians: Partners in Helping Parents Quit Smoking
    June 18, 2019  |  Dr. Brian Jenssen
    Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure affects approximately 40 percent of the children in the United States, increasing their risk for acute respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, and premature death, while also exacerbating chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. As a pediatrician, it is astounding to me that this issue still affects so many children given what we know about the related health harms—so I wanted to find a solution.
  • Dad with child on shoulders To the Dads
    June 13, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Every day, there are brave dads struggling with lung disease. These stories serve as a reminder that we must do whatever it takes to end lung disease, for the dads, and for everyone.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE,
  • Young girl sitting on a fence with a dark storm front behind her Asthma and Climate Change: What You Need to Know
    May 28, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Everyone’s health is at risk from the impacts of climate change. Changing climate patterns are degrading air quality and increasing the frequency and intensity of certain types of extreme weather such as droughts, floods and wildfires. However, people living with lung disease face greater risks.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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
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