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2019 Articles

  • Pulmonologist showing an x-ray Know Your Providers: What Does a Pulmonologist Do?
    May 15, 2019  |  Brenda Kimble
    Whether you're seeking a diagnosis for a lung condition or you've finally figured out why you're struggling to breathe, a pulmonologist is a type of doctor you may be referred to see. But what do they do? Who do they treat? How can they help you? Here's what you need to know about pulmonologists.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • CVS More Than Just a Job: CVS Health Supports LUNG FORCE
    May 9, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Mickey Anderson was taking a big leap of faith when he left a stable career to join CVS Health in 2014. But he knew that he had made the right choice when his first task as a CVS Health Region Director in California was to help remove all tobacco from his stores’ shelves. "I will never forget that moment,” said Mickey. “I can still see all of those boxes of cigarettes being loaded into the truck and sending them back to the warehouse."
    Related Topic:  LUNG FORCE
  • 2019 State of the Air social share image The Lung Association's 'State of the Air Report' at 20: A Look Back and Ahead
    May 6, 2019  |  Ronald White
    Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan once stated "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Twenty years ago, the American Lung Association initiated the "State of the Air" report, with the goal of providing the public and policy makers with information summarizing air quality in their cities and counties.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • Wildfires Changing the State of Our Air
    April 30, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    When you think of Montana, you probably think of wide-open spaces, high plains, big sky country and presumably fresh, clean air. But the American Lung Association’s 20th annual “State of the Air” report finds something unexpected—increasing air pollution in the ”Big Sky Country.” The culprit? Wildfires driven by climate change.
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
  • deflated frown face balloon What Is a Collapsed Lung?
    April 25, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Our lungs are responsible for bringing oxygen into the bloodstream and removing carbon dioxide from our bodies. Each lung expands like a balloon when we inhale air, but what happens if the balloon cannot inflate?
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Debbie Davis, a member of the Chicago Better Breathers Club, sitting on a couch and wearing a cannula Living with Sarcoidosis Just Got a Little Easier
    April 9, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Designed for individuals living with a chronic lung disease, the American Lung Association's Better Breathers Clubs are in-person support groups led by a trained facilitator. The meetings feature technical presentations about pulmonary rehab and oxygen therapy as well as more relaxed discussions around the best ways to live day-to-day with a chronic lung disease. "But mainly we just sit around and laugh. In fact, we come 30 minutes early just to gossip!" said Debbie.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • two women standing against a blue wall flexing their arm muscles Why We Need Strong Tobacco 21 Laws
    April 4, 2019  |  Harold Wimmer
    Across the United States, we have seen towns, cities and states join the movement to increase the legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 years old. Tobacco 21 laws are popular, with Americans recognizing that these laws will help prevent our kids from starting to use tobacco products and save hundreds of thousands of lives if implemented nationwide. We’re currently pushing for a federal Tobacco 21 law, but until that day comes the focus is on passing laws to increase the sales age to 21 in states.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • photo from bike trek Reasons to Ride: Lung Association Bike Trekkers Share Why They Keep Coming Back
    April 2, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Imagine taking a long-distance bicycling trip, through winding roads, with a group of supportive friends, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and stunning views. The American Lung Association Treks allow for just this, but make no mistake, it’s an endurance sport that lasts several hours or even days. It’s physically challenging but it’s also an inspirational experience that builds a sense of community and lasting bonds.
    Related Topics:  Fitness, Health & Wellness,
  • solar panels Reducing Air Pollution from Health Systems
    March 28, 2019  |  Steve Bergstrom and Liz Joy, M.D., MPH
    "Where Does Air Pollution Come From?" is our theme for the month of March in our 2019 Year of Air Pollution & Health. To highlight both sources and solutions, we are featuring a series of blogs to highlight successful efforts to reduce pollution from major sources. For our third and final post, we teamed up with Year of Air Pollution & Health partner, Health Care Without Harm, to show how the healthcare industry can reduce its contribution to air pollution.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • cars sitting in traffic Reducing Air Pollution from Cars and Trucks: The Success of the Cleaner Car Standards
    March 21, 2019  |  Will Barrett
    The American Lung Association’s Year of Air Pollution and Health seeks to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, and to generate support for the solutions needed to provide healthy air for every American. This month’s theme is “Where does Air Pollution Come From?”
    Related Topic:  Healthy Air
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