Health & Wellness Topics
Festival Flu: What is it and how to avoid it
Affectionately referred to as “Festival Flu,” this virus is anecdotally said to set in on a Tuesday, after a weekend of concerts. But what exactly is it?
Behind the Scenes at the American Lung Association's Oxygen Therapy Video Shoot
In the fall of 2017, the American Lung Association embarked on a large project to develop resources for people facing pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a disease that causes scarring in the lungs.
Professional Racecar Driver's Tips for Exercising with Asthma
The relationship between exercise and asthma might seem confusing: If asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder for you to breathe, then wouldn’t exercise seemingly be out of the question? Quite the contrary! Implementing physical activity is a critical component in controlling and actually improving the way your body copes with the disease.
The Challenge of Diagnosing IPF
A patient complaining of cough and shortness of breath sits on the exam table. A healthcare provider takes out their stethoscope and listens to their lungs.
Learning to Breathe Underwater: My First Experience with Scuba Diving
Don’t hold your breath and other rules I learned about scuba diving, lungs and breathing underwater.
Back to School with Asthma: From Backpacks to Quick-Relief Inhalers
If you are a parent of a child with asthma, you may worry about your child’s health along with their grades. As millions of kids get ready to head back to school, remember to add these items to your Back-to-School Checklist to help you and your child prepare for a successful, healthy school year.
Why Are Vaccines Important?
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and a yearly reminder of the importance of vaccines. It can be difficult in the United States to fully understand how important vaccination is, because many diseases are becoming very rare largely because of vaccination.
#DYK You Can Still Get Pneumonia in the Summer?
Most people associate getting a cold, the flu or even pneumococcal pneumonia with winter weather, but while there may be an uptick in cases during the cold, wet months—it is still possible to be sidelined with a respiratory infection during the summer months. In fact, pneumococcal pneumonia can occur any time of the year. It can strike anywhere, anytime and may start quickly with little warning.
Combating Mold and Preventing Asthma Symptoms
More than 26 million Americans have asthma. Of our friends, colleagues and family members who are living with asthma, 5-10 percent of them have severe or difficult to control asthma and experience asthma symptoms more frequently. Asthma triggers - such as cigarette smoke and air pollution - can cause asthma symptoms.
On the Frontlines of Asthma Care
Since 2010, I've had the immense pleasure in leading and working with members of the American Lung Association Lung Health Promotion team across the country to implement our Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program. To date, our teams have worked with over 300 primary care clinics in 10 states to implement a 10-step quality improvement program to help support asthma management and care for children.
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