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October 21, 2020

Respiratory Therapists are Lung Health Heroes

This week 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 […]
October 20, 2020

Penny Runs for a Future Free of Lung Disease

Story by Amanda Sabino When Penny Wilbanks started a running program 15 years ago, she never imagined where it would take her. Now, after completing 18 marathons in 15 states, her goal is to run one in all 50. “I truly have a passion for it,” she says. Penny started running during junior high in […]
October 6, 2020

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 […]
September 11, 2020

New Report Shows Higher Rates of Lung Disease Near Chicago’s Busiest Transit Bus Routes

For Immediate Release September 11, 2020 Contact: Brian Urbaszewski [email protected] 312-405-1175 New Report Shows Higher Rates of Lung Disease Near Chicago’s Busiest Transit Bus Routes Data Highlight Urgent Need for Electrification Across City’s Fleet CHICAGO – Respiratory Health Association (RHA) and University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science (CSDS) released findings of a year-long […]
September 4, 2020

Opposition to Proposed Watered-Down Chicago Tobacco Control Ordinance

For Immediate Release September 4, 2020   Opposition to Proposed Watered-Down Chicago Tobacco Control Ordinance   September 4, 2020 – Chicago, IL – Today the Chicago City Council Committee on Health and Human Relations met to vote on a revised and greatly weakened ordinance to regulate the sale of flavored tobacco products in Chicago. Respiratory […]
August 24, 2020

Teen Vaping Rates Soar as Researchers Find COVID-19 Link

Teen Vaping Rates Soar as Researchers Find Link to COVID-19 Infection CDC Study Shows Urgent Need for Federal, State, and Local Action to Reduce Youth E-Cigarette Use Contact: Erica Krutsch, Director, Marketing & Communications 734-262-4527 | [email protected] Chicago, IL – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new findings on youth […]
August 12, 2020

Julie’s Ride Signals Her Next Chapter

Written by Amanda Sabino As the wheels on her road bike dig into a local trail, Julie Hubbell focuses on clocking another 10 miles for CowaLUNGa’s Virtual Charity Bike Tour. Through ups and downs over the last few years, Julie knows one thing always makes her feel better – hopping on her bike and riding. […]
July 15, 2020

Wearing Masks During COVID-19

In some places, wearing a cloth face covering or mask is now mandatory for indoor and some outdoor public spaces.  In addition to continued social distancing, hand washing, and staying home as much as possible, wearing masks can provide important protections against COVID-19 exposure. For some people with COPD, asthma and other respiratory conditions, facial […]
July 15, 2020

Living With COPD As Reopening Begins

The lifting of stay-at-home orders, while a positive sign, presents special risks for people living with chronic lung disease.  As places are reopening and people begin mixing with family members and friends who are no longer practicing social distancing, people living with COPD need to make sure they stay healthy and avoid exposure to the […]
June 24, 2020

Dr. Mark Dransfield Receives 2020 Solovy Award for COPD Research

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is pleased to name Mark Dransfield, MD, Medical Director of the Lung Health Center at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as recipient of the 2020 Solovy Award for his work to improve lives through COPD research. The award is funded by the Kathleen Hart Solovy and Jerold S. Solovy Endowment […]
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