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May 17, 2022

New Study Reveals Widening Racial Gaps Among Chicago Children with Asthma

Black children are more than four times as likely to end up in a hospital emergency room due to asthma than white children, according to latest data. Chicago has long been known as an epicenter for asthma, with higher rates of the disease in minority communities on the city’s south and west sides. A new […]
May 12, 2022

Respiratory Health Association Hosts 25th Annual Hustle Chicago® Charity Stair Climb

The Hustle Chicago Event will raise funds for lung health and clean air programs throughout the Chicago area and across Illinois Chicago, IL – May 5, 2022 – More than 900 people will make their way to Soldier Field Sunday, May 15 to support lung health and clean air programs. Hustle Chicago® charity stair climb, […]
May 4, 2022

COPD and the Benefits of Proper Inhaler Use

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung diseases, including emphysema and bronchitis, that block airflow in the lungs. Damaged lungs and mucus buildup make it hard for the lungs to spread oxygen to the rest of the body, which makes breathing difficult for people living with COPD. While there is no […]
April 28, 2022

FDA’s Proposed Rules to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars Will Protect Lung Health

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed product standards that ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars. The decision comes as the result of a citizen complaint filed by public health organizations and over a decade of advocacy efforts. “Respiratory Health Association applauds […]
April 25, 2022

JTV Partners with RHA for Women’s Lung Health

Living with lung disease not only affects your breathing, 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 like asthma, chronic […]
February 8, 2022

Lung Disease and Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a useful service that connects people with physicians when in-person visits may not be possible. It digitally delivers services to patients using devices like computers and smartphones. It allows patients to see and talk to their providers without being in the office. Common uses of telemedicine include follow up visits, chronic disease management, […]
February 4, 2022

COVID-19 Booster: A Vaccine Update

In November 2021, the FDA and CDC approved COVID-19 booster vaccines for all adults 18 and older. Any adult who previously received a full dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines is now eligible for the booster. Johnson & Johnson booster vaccines have also been approved. The booster vaccine is an important piece in […]
February 4, 2022

Protecting Lung Health Is Our Priority

As we get into the swing of a new year, a new session just started in Springfield. We are working with partner organizations and lawmakers on policy priorities that support healthy lungs and clean air for all. Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) Passed in 2021, CEJA sets Illinois on the path to 100% clean […]
January 18, 2022

Make an Impact in 2022 – Join Respiratory Health Association’s Associates Board

New year, new ways to make a difference. This year, throw away the New Year’s resolutions and step up to make an impact in your Chicago community. Join Respiratory Health Association’s (RHA) Associates Board to have a direct impact on the lives of people living with lung disease. With your help, we will create a […]
January 5, 2022

Christmas Trees and Asthma Flare-ups

Do your allergies get worse around the holidays? Your Christmas tree may be to blame. Both real and artificial Christmas trees can cause allergy and asthma flare-ups. Real trees, regardless of type, can collect allergens and spores prior to being cut down. When they are cut down, they’re sprayed down with water, bundled, and packed […]
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