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November 18, 2019

Women Living with COPD: Ask the Healthcare Provider

Respiratory Health Association sat down with MeiLan K. Han, MD, MS, Professor and Director of the Michigan Airways Program at the University of Michigan Health System to address some questions from women living with COPD. What should women know about COPD? Women are at equal risk for COPD as men, and in fact some studies […]
November 18, 2019

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 […]
November 18, 2019

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 […]
October 21, 2019

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 21, 2019

Living Better Together Conference Brings Together COPD Community

Do you live with COPD or care for someone who does? Join Respiratory Health Association on Thursday, November 21, 2019 for our 16th annual Living Better Together COPD Conference at Meridian Banquets and Conference Center in Rolling Meadows, IL. Every year, we host the largest patient-focused COPD event in the United States. The conference – which welcomed nearly 300 […]
September 26, 2019

Statement Supporting a Flavored Tobacco Ban and Recall of Vaping Products

Media Contact: Erica Krutsch Office: 312-628-0225 September 23, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Today, Respiratory Health Association’s (RHA) President and CEO Joel Africk called for a flavored tobacco ban and e-cigarette product recall at the Illinois House of Representatives Mental Health Committee hearing on the Vaping Crisis. Africk called for a ban on flavored tobacco […]
September 24, 2019

New Grant Helps Grow RHA’s Asthma Program Reach to Youth in Need Across Illinois

Asthma is the number one chronic illness-related reason students in Illinois miss school – adding up to over 313,000 days out of the classroom each year. Working with children and teens to better understand and manage asthma can help them stay in class, prevent attacks and remain healthy. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) […]
September 24, 2019

RHA to Study Impact of Air Pollution on Public Health in Chicago

All but two of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) 1,800 buses run on diesel fuel. Respiratory Health Association knows the health and environmental effects of vehicle pollution in the air and is focused on finding healthier transportation options for Chicago. This summer, the Joyce Foundation awarded a one-year grant to help RHA explore the impacts […]
September 23, 2019

Adam’s Marathon Journey Keeps His Friend’s Memory Alive

by Amanda Sabino Adam Giglia and his friend Tim McCarren had just finished a half marathon in Adam’s hometown of Rochester, New York. They took a moment to look back on an inconceivable 13.1 miles. “Can you imagine,” they said between breaths, “doing a full marathon?” The two laughed. Adam never considered himself much of […]
August 21, 2019

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 schools, workplaces and 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 […]
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