Health & Wellness Topics
COPD: What Patients and Caregivers Should Know
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a disease that millions of Americans live with each day. In honor of COPD Awareness Month and to share more about this complicated respiratory disease, we asked COPD expert Meilan King Han, M.D. what patients and caregivers should know about COPD.
Helping Our Veterans Breathe Easier
The members of our armed forces, active and veterans, make tremendous sacrifices to serve our country. Their lung health should not be one of them. They have earned all the support we can give them. This Veteran's Day, we talked to a decorated Gulf War veteran and learned how he, like a true Marine, is battling lung cancer head on.
Lung Cancer: What Everyone Should Know About Screening Options
In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to help more Americans learn about this disease, we asked Dr. Andrea McKee what everyone should know about lung cancer screening.
Smoking Doesn't Control My Life Anymore. I Do.
I started smoking when I was 16 years old and continued for 38 years. I was recently asked how often I smoked, but the better question is "When didn't I smoke?" I guess everyone has to sleep sometime.
A New (Smokefree) Life Ordered Up
I'm a flight nurse, a father of three daughters, divorced and I'm a smoker. I was looking pretty good until the last part. Actually I didn't even have to confess the last part, you probably smelled me long before you met me. Frankly I never tried quitting and never cared before now.
An Asthma Attack at 140 MPH
It was the 74th running of the Grand Prix de Pau, my nerves at an all-time high as I got a pat on the head from my mechanic, followed by the call to start engines. The grid cleared and the start lights illuminated. 3, 2, 1, GO!! Racecar Driver TJ Fischer recounts the time he had an asthma attack at 140 MPH.
4 Ways to Reduce Your Flu Risk
High fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache and body aches. Getting the flu is no fun. This contagious respiratory infection affects your whole body, including your nose, throat and lungs. But there are easy ways to reduce your risk for getting and spreading the flu. Follow these four tips:
Myths and Facts about the Flu Shot
Each year, influenza, or flu, sends thousands of Americans to the hospital. This contagious respiratory infection affects the entire body and is usually spread when a person coughs or sneezes. The single most effective thing you can do to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated every year. There are misconceptions about the flu shot that cause people to skip this important preventative measure.
Run a Marathon When You Have Asthma? Yes, You Can.
While completing a marathon is a difficult feat for anyone, it can be especially challenging for those who suffer from a chronic respiratory disease. To learn more about what it's like to run marathons as an individual who struggles with a respiratory issue, we spoke with Jeremy Deaton, an avid runner living and running with asthma.
Cigarettes Control Your Life, Not the Other Way Around
I smoked for over 40 years, and tried quitting several times with pills, patches and hypnosis. And then I had a heart attack, and the hospital really drilled into me to stop quitting and recommended the Freedom from Smoking program. It was the only thing that I hadn't tried before, and it was what finally worked.