‘State of the Air’ Report Reveals Nation’s Air Quality Divided: Our annual “State of the Air” report reveals growing disparities in exposure to air pollution. This 24th annual report also finds that 1 in 3 Americans are exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. How’s the air where you live? How can you take action for healthier air? Find out now!
American Lung Research Institute: Breathing New Life into Lung Research: On March 21, we launched the American Lung Association Research Institute which will fund high-impact, lifesaving research and bring together the best scientific minds to address critical lung health challenges. The Research Institute will increase our annual lung disease research investment to $25 million by 2030, expand partnerships with government and collaboration with industry and empower promising scientists to accelerate discovery and innovation.
May is Asthma Awareness Month: During May, we're supporting more than 25 million Americans who live with this chronic disease by highlighting tools and resources to better manage and stay informed about asthma. These include our free Asthma Basics course, Patient and Caregivers Network, Lung HelpLine and more!
Listen to Lungcast™ For our 30th episode of Lungcast™, Dr. Ravi Kalhan of Northwestern Medicine joins us to discuss the modeling of respiratory health and pulmonary mechanisms. In addition to sharing how a novel machine learning method may one day soon predict lung disease susceptibility, Dr. Kalhan describes the science behind our Lung Health Cohort research study. Tune into the informative discussion, plus other episodes in our growing library, at: Lung.org/lungcast.
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LUNG FORCE Walk & Run/Walk season is here! Join us as we come together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and lighten the burden for people living with lung disease. Stair climbs and other events are well underway and there’s sure to be one that fits your interest and schedule! Get involved!
Heroes Joined Forces for LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day: On Wednesday, March 29, Lung Association staff and LUNG FORCE Heroes united in Washington, D.C. to make an impact for lung cancer research as part of 2023 LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day. Thanks for playing an integral role in the success of this massive effort. Together, we asked members of Congress to support $51 billion in funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $11.6 billion in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as support and protect Medicaid. In total, 111 participants had 172 meetings with members of Congress from 43 states on behalf of those affected by lung cancer. A special thank you to our Lung Cancer Advocate Engagement Supporters: Merck, Eisai, Genentech, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Daiichi-Sankyo and Novocure. It is not too late to take action: Add your voice by visiting LUNGFORCE.org/AdvocacyDay
Lung Cancer Screening to Surgery Now Live: The Lung Association recently launched a new Lung Cancer Screening to Surgery Campaign featuring lung cancer survivor Kathleen’s story on how lung cancer early detection led to having surgery as a treatment option. Her surgeon, Dr. Patrick Ross, and her care team at Main Line Health came together to give Kathleen her life back. Dr. Ross shares the importance of early detection and eligibility. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving five years or more improves to 60%. Support for the development of this American Lung Association PSA provided by Intuitive Surgical.
Asthma Patient and Caregiver Webinar: May 3, 2023, 6 p.m. CT (Paid content – Cannot be edited)
Asthma Awareness Month is right around the corner. Please join the American Lung Association for a free webinar: Caring for Someone with Asthma. Learn from our featured speaker about identifying the caregiver role, what to do before, during and after an office visit, actions to take during an asthma emergency, and taking care of yourself. Hear caregiver and provider perspectives on shared decision-making for managing your loved one’s lung health. Resources will be available. Register today.
Introducing: Infectious Respiratory Disease Basics Course
We are excited to launch Infectious Respiratory Disease Basics, a free, interactive, self-paced online learning course including two modules: Introduction to Infectious Disease and Influenza. This course is designed to provide education on infectious respiratory diseases, prevention strategies, vaccination information and treatment options so that individuals can be well informed on how best to maintain their health. This course is a great resource for the public as well as healthcare professionals, school personnel and other educators. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate. Register today at: Infectious Respiratory Disease Basics.
Upcoming Health Equity Webcast
Learn more about the Lung Association’s newest resource, Addressing Tobacco Use in Hispanic or Latino Communities Toolkit, during our upcoming health equity webcasts featuring the toolkits lead author, Dr. Francisco Cartujano-Barrerra, University of Rochester Medical Center. These live webcasts will take place:
- Wednesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. CT (English Language). Register here.
- Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m. CT (Spanish Language). Register here.
Support for Stronger Limits on Particle Pollution: On March 28, we submitted feedback to EPA in support of stronger national limits on particle pollution. With your help, we had nearly 300 health professionals, 3600+ members of the public, 90 national, state and local health and community organizations and 29 local elected officials raise their voices in support of these critical public health protections – plus, many speakers in support at EPA’s hearings and lots of press coverage. Thank you to everyone who signed, recruited and spread the word! Now, EPA will take this feedback into consideration as they get ready to issue a final rule.
EACH BREATH BLOG
Albuterol is a common respiratory quick-relief (rescue) treatment available for multiple chronic lung diseases. Some areas are currently experiencing a shortage of the liquid format used in nebulized treatments of this important medication. Learn how the Albuterol shortage will impact your chronic lung disease, in our blog.
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Because of your support, we can make an impact on countless lives. Our work directly touches more than 25 million Americans each year and supports millions more with our pioneering model of education, advocacy and research. Thank you for all you do to help us all breathe easier!
Blog last updated: August 22, 2023