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March 9, 2020

Coronavirus and COPD: What You Should Know

It is important those living with COPD and their caregivers are well-informed about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and take proper steps to minimize the risk of infection. Since developments are fast-breaking, continue to follow trusted news sources or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that […]
February 24, 2020

Hustle Chicago Climbers Reach New Heights for Lung Health

Several thousand people climbed to the top of an iconic Chicago skyscraper when Respiratory Health Association hosted its 23rd Hustle Chicago® stair climb on Sunday, February 23. Climbers took the stairwells up 875 N. Michigan Ave. to raise awareness and funds for local lung health and clean air programs. “Since the event began in 1998, […]
February 21, 2020

Celebrating Organ Donors and the Lives They Impact

Every February, National Donor Day celebrates and recognizes those who changed the lives of others through organ donation. According to Donate Life America, 113,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Thousands of those are living with lung cancer or other chronic lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis. One person’s organ donation […]
February 20, 2020

Tim’s Climb Celebrates His Second Chance at Life

Written by Amanda Sabino with contributions from Tim Thornton When Tim Thornton went skiing in March 2017, he didn’t think much of the fact he couldn’t keep up with his wife and daughter. He had always been physically active in a variety of sports and was used to the altitude – having previously lived in […]
February 18, 2020

Flu Season Continues into Spring

Preventing the Flu Among Adults with Asthma: Spring is Not Too Late for a Flu Shot! People living with asthma are not more likely to get the flu than others, but face more risks once infected. The flu virus can further inflame airways, triggering asthma symptoms (chronic cough, wheezing, chest tightness) or even making them […]
January 28, 2020

New Report on Air Quality Highlights Urgency for Clean Energy Across Illinois

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2020 Contact: Brian Urbaszewski [email protected] 312-405-1175 Chicago, Springfield, Peoria and Metro East regions Experienced More Than 100 Days of Polluted Air in 2018 CHICAGO – Ahead of Gov. Pritzker’s annual State of the State address to the General Assembly, a new report shows the urgent need to pass clean air […]
January 28, 2020

What You Need to Know About the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

An Update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated 03/16/20 CDC recommends canceling or postponing events with 50+ people for the next 8 weeks Health care providers should prepare for rapid spread and increasing number of cases People with underlying medical conditions including chronic lung diseases (like asthma and COPD) are more likely to suffer […]
January 27, 2020

Jewelry Television Partners with RHA to Support Women’s Lung Health

When you live with lung disease, not only is your breathing affected, but your peace of mind as well. Lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Women, in particular, are at a greater risk of developing lung disease than men. Nearly 21 million U.S. women live with lung diseases […]
January 23, 2020

Maureen Remembers Her Mother with Each Step

Story written by Amanda Sabino Joan Flynn challenged herself to take the stairs whenever possible, and her daughter Maureen followed. As Maureen would pause and struggle to catch her breath, the chances of gaining ground on her mother faded. Joan was already waiting at the top stair, joking with Maureen as she had many times […]
January 23, 2020

Protect Your Family with a Home Radon Test

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It can enter homes through cracks in the foundation and go unnoticed for long periods of time – potentially causing long-term lung health problems for those living inside. Breathing in radon can damage cells in the lungs and even lead to lung cancer. […]
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