Health & Wellness Topics
What Do We Know About Long-Term Effects of Air Pollution on Health?
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.
Pediatricians: Partners in Helping Parents Quit Smoking
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.
To the Dads
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.
Asthma and Climate Change: What You Need to Know
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.
Know Your Providers: What Does a Pulmonologist Do?
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.
What Is a Collapsed Lung?
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?
Living with Sarcoidosis Just Got a Little Easier
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.
Reasons to Ride: Lung Association Bike Trekkers Share Why They Keep Coming Back
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.
Reducing Air Pollution from Health Systems
"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.
TB in the Community: Forgotten but Not Gone
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.
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