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Keeping Your Child Safe in the Water
Swimming is a quintessential part of the summer experience for many adults and children. It can provide great exercise and is a wonderful way to beat the summer heat. Unfortunately, there are risks to swimming - mainly drowning. By staying vigilant and taking safety precautions, you can help keep your whole family safe this summer. Here is what you need to know.
HUD Celebrates One Year of Smokefree Apartment Living
For more than a decade, the American Lung Association has been working hard to protect everyone in public housing from secondhand smoke exposure. This multi-faceted effort included years of advocating for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make all federally subsidized housing, including public housing, smokefree.
Can you detox your lungs?
In recent years, natural remedies and "detoxification" diets have gained popularity as a quick and trendy way to eliminate toxins from your body. While some products are marketed to aid in overnight weight loss, improved digestion or enhanced energy levels, others claim to reverse years of damage to organs such as your lungs.
Antioxidants: Lung Cancer’s Friend or Foe?
Dietary supplements have long been believed by some to provide your body needed vitamins and guard against disease. There was a time when it was thought that antioxidant supplementation could be a major breakthrough for disease treatment and prevention. But recently, two studies have found evidence that antioxidants may cause lung cancer cells to spread.
Innovative Study Looks to Personalize Lung Cancer Treatment
In recent years, the low-dose CT scan has helped doctors better detect, understand and monitor lung cancer in patients. Using a series of images taken from different angles, this diagnostic test helps doctors create a more detailed internal view into a patient’s body.
Can Dogs Sniff Out Lung Cancer?
Researchers from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine may have taken an important step in improving the ability to detect lung cancer. Their study, recently released in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, successfully trained three dogs to use their superior smelling skills to identify cancerous blood samples. Though similar studies have been performed in the past, researchers are hopeful that these new findings will lead to a simpler lung cancer test for patients.
Another Gross Reason to Put Down the E-Cigarettes
Scientists have been working hard to debunk the belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes. A recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine is giving the mounting concern against vaping some traction. The news adds to the growing list of health problems facing those who use e-cigarettes, including popcorn lung, wheezing and nicotine addiction.
Lung Cancer Highlights from the ASCO 2019 Annual Meeting
It’s an exciting time for lung cancer research with new insights and discoveries coming out of the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. Each year around 40,000 cancer healthcare professionals from all over the world gather for the annual meeting to learn, share and engage with other experts in the cancer field.
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.
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