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What Pop Culture Gets Wrong (and Right) about Cystic Fibrosis
The release of the movie “Five Feet Apart” gave an often misunderstood disease some media attention, but not everyone was happy about how the condition was portrayed.
A Halloween Mystery—Did Dracula Have Tuberculosis?
Is it possible that TB was once responsible for a plague of vampires? This Halloween, let’s gather around the campfire and hear the story of The Great New England Vampire Panic.
Inhale Air, Exhale Music
We breathe an estimated 17,000 breaths a day, and breathe in about 2,000 gallons of air—enough to almost fill up a normal-sized swimming pool. Most of us don't even think about it as we go about our daily routine. But what if your breathing technique was one of the most important skills to having a successful career?
Debunking Hollywood’s Asthma Stereotypes
When you picture a "nerd," what characteristics come to mind? They commonly wear braces, thick-rimmed glasses, and tuck collared shirts into too-short khaki pants. Most significantly, they clutch an inhaler, a small prop that is frequently used as the universal sign of a true geek. It is this false stereotype that has plagued asthma patients for years, making kids ignore symptoms and hide their inhalers to mask a serious illness that they deem embarrassing.
Q&A with Najee Richardson
Najee Richardson, a former gymnast, is well-known as one of three 2018 finalists in NBC’s American Ninja Warrior championship. The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city final rounds across the country. Those who successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a four-stage obstacle course, competing for a cash prize.
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?
Sharks Need Oxygen Too
One thing you might not know about sharks is that, like humans, they need oxygen to stay alive. And, like humans, what they breathe is under threat from the same, growing concern.
When Breath Becomes Air: A Review
I heard about Paul Kalanithi's book, When Breath Becomes Air, long before I actually read it. I knew that Bill Gates and Anne Patchett both raved about it, that it spent 51 weeks on the bestseller list and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, but I was hesitant to read the memoir about a brain surgeon who was diagnosed with lung cancer because I didn't think I could relate to it.
National Coloring Book Day
National Coloring Book Day is Tuesday, August 2. Celebrate with the American Lung Association by creating your own masterpiece with one of our lung coloring book pages!
Tracheotomy: Does TV Get it Right?
We as a nation love medical dramas. It has to be a fact, as 91 shows related to the genre have been produced since 1951 in North America alone. What's not to love? A fast-paced environment, strong characters and a little bit of health advice along the way! Except… with such popularity, a lot of writers seem to get their facts confused in order to instill a bit more drama in the story.
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