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  • soapy hands Clean Hands, Healthy Lungs
    December 4, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    What’s the best way to avoid getting sick? Washing your hands! It’s especially important to remember handwashing this time of year when respiratory illnesses—like the flu—are circulating. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth with germy hands is the most common way to catch a virus.
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  • copd and anxiety Coping with COPD and Anxiety
    November 27, 2018  |  Caryn Blanton, MSW, LCSW
    With symptoms like shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, it’s easy to understand why anxiety is common in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Anxiety can bring up feelings of nervousness and fear, and even physical symptoms which can impact day-to-day life. Identifying, understanding and managing anxiety is important for people living with COPD. Especially since this connection between anxiety and COPD is associated with more severe COPD symptoms, increased use of healthcare, more hospitalizations and need for treatment.
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  • Miss Pennsylvania 2018 and Gettysburg native Kayla Repasky gets her flu vaccine from CVS Pharmacist Brittany Whiteman Miss Pennsylvania Encourages Flu Protection for Communities throughout Pennsylvania
    November 21, 2018  |  Kayla Repasky, Miss Pennsylvania
    As a nursing student at the University of Alabama last year, I was in shock when I found out the number of students who were reluctant to get the flu vaccine. There seemed to be so many misconceptions about it. To help combat those flu myths, I decided to hold a flu shot clinic on campus—allowing students to get their flu shot for free. It was a great success with 300 people coming by the clinic, and the opportunity to have some much-needed conversations with my fellow students was tremendous. This year, I have been able to team up with the American Lung Association to help raise even more awareness of the importance of the influenza vaccine and help dispel some of those myths.
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  • doctor talking to patient The Connection Between Pneumonia and Lung Disease
    November 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Our bodies have built-in security systems. For instance, your nose and airways filter germs out of the air you breathe, which help keep your lungs from becoming infected. But there are times when germs find a way to enter the lungs and cause infections.
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  • woman patient getting lung cancer screening Lung Cancer Screening: A Simple Way to Save Lives
    November 8, 2018  |  Andrea McKee, M.D.
    What if we could save 25,000 lives with a simple screening? We can. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer of both men and women, accounting for 25 percent of total cancer deaths in the United States. Unfortunately, less than 5 percent of those recommended to undergo lung cancer screening (LCS) for early detection have done so.
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  • LUNG FORCE turquoise lettering Lung Cancer: Not What You Think
    November 6, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Many of us know lung cancer statistics far too well. We have witnessed them firsthand and have lost far too many people to this devastating disease. But others may not know that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, taking more than 400 of our friends and family members every single day in this country alone.
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  • senior woman walking outside, clutching her chest When Asthma and COPD Overlap
    October 31, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When a person with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is experiencing shortness of breath or another symptom, they may not think they are suffering from more than one chronic lung disease. However, according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, 15 to 55 percent of patients with variation by gender and age may have asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS), a disease that includes components of both asthma and COPD.
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  • flu shot Why Does My Arm Hurt After a Flu Shot?
    October 29, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Getting a shot at the doctor’s office might not be the most enjoyable experience, with the needle and the doctor and that pesky arm pain that can come after for some, but vaccination is necessary to help your body defend itself against dangerous diseases, including seasonal influenza (flu).
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  • 1918 flu pandemic patients laying on beds in a hospital Centennial of a Pandemic: The 1918 Flu
    September 21, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    It’s 1918, and the First World War is beginning to wind down across Europe. But another scourge is also spreading, and it will eventually take even more lives. It's influenza – or the flu – an adversary that’s still with us a century later.
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  • Dragon's breath dessert that uses liquid nitrogen at point of sale. Image attribution: By Rhododendrites [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons Dragon's Breath? Not Unless You Have Dragon Lungs
    September 19, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Popular desserts commonly marketed as "Dragon’s Breath," "Heaven’s Breath," "nitro puff" and more—can cause serious injury and harm to your health.
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