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Research Topics

  • Collage of researcher faces Our Community Shows Tremendous Appreciation for Lung Health Researchers
    November 26, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Researchers often work behind the scenes, and don’t always get the recognition they truly deserve. That’s why we wanted to give everyone a chance to voice their gratitude to the researchers helping move us toward a world free of lung disease. Though we received hundreds of responses, here are some of the most moving stories of appreciation.
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  • Patient Happy Finding a Cure for Lung Cancer: There Is Hope
    November 14, 2019  |  Jacob Sands, M.D.
    When it comes to cancer treatment, the heartbreaking truth remains that we still have a lot of work to do. However, dramatic statements that suggest there has been little improvement shortchange important advancements that have been, and are still being made, such as targeted therapies and treatments that unleash the power of the immune system to attack cancer.
    Related Topic:  Research
  • Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team Dream Team Celebrates the Half-Way Mark
    September 17, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Lung cancer continues to be the number one cancer killer across the U.S. Research is critical to help find better ways for early detection and treatment so that more lives can be saved. This goal is what inspired the American Lung Association to team up with other organizations in the lung cancer space in the hopes of bringing together the world's top researchers to tackle this complex issue. Thus, the Stand Up To Cancer-LUNGevity-American Lung Association Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team was born.
    Related Topics:  Impact, Research,
  • 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.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Brown puppy and white and brown kitten lounging on couch. Does Exposure to Pest and Pet Allergens Reduce Child's Asthma Risk
    May 14, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    A recent study that said young children exposed to pet or pest allergens were at a lower risk of developing asthma. But, it might not be that that simple.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis patient Jim Hartmann Why We Need Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Now More Than Ever
    March 29, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Hiking was the first activity that became hard for Jim Hartmann, who had led an active lifestyle traveling, hiking and canoeing. Next, it was climbing stairs at work. He continued struggling for years, thinking his breathlessness was a sign of aging. Four years ago, Jim noticed that even light activities, such as gardening, were leaving him exhausted.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Female scientist looking into a microscope Scientists, Leaders and Mentors: Advancing Women's Careers in Clinical Research
    March 15, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    When Anne Dixon, M.D., first started working with the American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network in 2001 as a junior investigator, she went to her first steering committee meeting with an idea for a study.
    Related Topics:  Impact, Research, Science,
  • Ugandan woman holding kerosene lamp for indoor lighting Home Lighting Sources Can Lead to High Levels of Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Uganda
    March 7, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Dr. Peggy Lai learned a very valuable lesson when she began the preliminary work for her study on indoor air pollution in Uganda: listen to the research participants.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Research,
  • Donna Fernandez sitting with her two Eskimo dogs Clinical Trial Helps Lung Cancer Patient Live Active Life with Her Eskimo Dogs
    February 20, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Donna Fernandez's father died of adenocarcinoma at the age of 49, just six months after he was diagnosed, so when she learned she had the same disease, she knew exactly what it meant. "They told my husband that I would live for four months," she recalled.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, LUNG FORCE, Research,
  • Measuring spoons of sugar on table A Breakthrough in the Connection Between Sugar and Lung Cancer
    February 12, 2018  |  Editorial Staff
    Research is the key to new discoveries in lung health and over the past decade, we've seen strides made in lung cancer treatment and care. Personalized treatment is advancing thanks to biomarker testing and targeted therapies. New methods of early detection with low-dose CT scans can increase the chances of survival for individuals at high risk. Still, we know more research is needed to defeat lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Science, Research,
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