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November 12, 2021

Know the Facts this Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women each year in the United States. Despite that fact, lung cancer receives 3-7 times less federal research funding per death than other well-known cancers. While smoking increases your lung cancer risk, many people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. No matter […]
November 4, 2021

Let’s Talk About Living Better with COPD

November is National COPD Awareness Month, a time to talk about the disease and raise awareness around symptoms and treatment. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that causes difficulty breathing and shortness of breath due to airflow blockage. COPD affects nearly 16 million Americans, and millions more live with undiagnosed symptoms. Earlier diagnosis […]
October 28, 2021

COPD and Lung Viruses

As the season transitions from summer to fall, we will see more than the leaves change and cooler weather; we also expect to see a rise in respiratory viruses. People living with COPD or other lung diseases can be more susceptible to experiencing severe illness if they contract a lung virus. The following are a […]
October 28, 2021

Six Ways to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

October is National Healthy Lung Month, a great time to raise awareness about lung disease and talk about ways you can keep your lungs healthy. It’s easy to take your lung health for granted until you get sick or have trouble breathing. Here are a few ways you can protect your lungs: Talk to your […]
October 11, 2021

Respiratory Therapists are Lung Health Heroes

October 24-30 is Respiratory Care Week – a time to celebrate respiratory therapists who work tirelessly helping those living with lung diseases breathe easier. Whether testing for lung function in a young child with asthma, or helping someone with COPD use an oxygen tank, respiratory therapists give people the power to take control and live […]
September 24, 2021

Skokie Flavored Vaping Product Ban Falls Short

For Immediate Release September 24, 2021 Contact: Erica Krutsch [email protected] Respiratory Health Association Statement on Skokie’s Ban of Certain Flavored Vaping Products Skokie, IL – This week the village of Skokie passed an ordinance banning the sale of certain flavored vaping products within village limits. The ordinance is part of a local effort to curb […]
September 15, 2021

Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act Becomes Law

For Immediate Release September 15, 2021 Contact: Erica Krutsch [email protected] Respiratory Health Association Applauds Signing of Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Senate Bill 2408)  Legislation invests in clean energy, electric transportation in historic win for clean air and lung health CHICAGO –After more than three years of advocacy and grassroots organizing by Respiratory Health Association (RHA) […]
August 10, 2021

Protect Your Lungs from Summer Air Pollution

The summer months generally have more days with poor air quality. Ground-level ozone (smog) levels increase due to warmer temperatures, which can lead to difficulty breathing. This summer has been no different — and has also featured additional air pollution from wildfires in the U.S. Poor air quality can be bad for anyone. However, it is especially […]
August 6, 2021

Flu Shot is a Gift for Your Lungs

Vaccines are a safe and important part of medical care for everyone. Regular immunizations prevent common bugs like the flu and limit the spread of disease through our communities. For people living with lung disease, a flu shot is especially important. Someone with asthma or COPD: Has a greater risk of catching common infections like […]
July 29, 2021

Tips on Choosing a Wearable Fitness Tracker

Welcome back, summer! As the weather warms and the sun shines, mix up your exercise routine and head outside. Wearable fitness devices can help you track your exercise. There are many devices available today and it can be hard to choose one. Below are several tips and tricks to help you find one that’s right […]
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