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  • Shantel and Doris K How to Protect Yourself from the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
    November 21, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    It is a common misconception that only people who smoked are at risk for lung cancer. The truth is there are a variety of things that can cause damage to your lungs and may eventually lead to lung cancer. In fact, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., responsible for an estimated 21,000 related lung cancer deaths each year, has nothing to do with tobacco but is instead a toxic gas in the air.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Health & Wellness,
  • pregnancy and doctor K Flu Shots for Pregnant Women: It’s Not Just Safe, It’s Necessary
    November 19, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    It is flu season, and a recent report suggests that one of the highest risk groups has been neglecting to get this vital vaccine. According to the CDC, pregnant women are more likely to develop severe illness or become hospitalized from contracting influenza.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Insurance card How a Car Accident Saved My Life: Why you should sign up for healthcare today
    November 5, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    This year’s open enrollment period to purchase private health insurance through Healthcare.gov has begun. This means that now through December 15, many Americans who buy coverage on the individual market or are uninsured will be struggling to make important decisions about their insurance needs.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Boy Getting Asthma Treatment Asthma Training Breathes New Life into Kansas City Pediatric Clinic
    October 28, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Through the Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma Program, this pediatrician and her staff are now better able to coach patients on asthma care and sticking to their treatment plan.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Doctor litsening to patients lungs with stethoscope The Story of One Woman’s Lifelong Struggle with Chronic Cough
    October 8, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Paulette Nyahay is no stranger to dealing with lung disease. At age 38 she was diagnosed with asthma, after struggling with breathing problems all her life. She developed severe allergies, not only to environmental factors but also to food and even a sensitivity to smells.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Woman holding her head and wincing What It Means to Be "Nic-Sick"
    October 2, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    All nicotine is addictive but did you know high levels of nicotine can not only create a stronger addiction but also cause your body to overdose on the drug?
  • Dr. Sequist Dr. Lecia Sequist Talks about Her Revolutionary Lung Cancer Research Study
    September 26, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Dr. Lecia Sequist has spent her career not only treating lung cancer but seeking answers to improve the lives of her patients. She was delighted when the American Lung Association agreed to fund her research, a project that sought to improve lung cancer screening options.
    Related Topic:  Health & Wellness
  • Students playing wind instruments Inhale Air, Exhale Music
    September 20, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    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?
  • Two people taking a selfie in front of the NCTOH logo The Tobacco Control Vaccine: Lessons Learned from the 2019 National Conference on Tobacco or Health
    September 18, 2019  |  Jennifer Folkenroth, National Senior Director, Tobacco
    As the new school year gets well underway, sports fans fill out their fantasy football season rosters (Go Eagles!) and northerners prepare for fall color tours and a potential "Snowpocalypse," the American Lung Association's work to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases doesn't stop.
  • Boy using inhaler Debunking Hollywood’s Asthma Stereotypes
    September 9, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    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.
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