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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 2, 2020

FDA’s New E-Cigarette Policy Isn’t Enough to End Youth Vaping Epidemic

For Immediate Release Chicago, IL January 02, 2020 – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new policies regarding enforcement against certain flavored e-cigarette products. These new policies, however, will fall far short of what is needed to keep teens away from these addictive nicotine products. By only restricting flavors in cartridge-based products […]
December 30, 2019

Let’s Celebrate 10 Years of Lung Health Victories

We closed out a decade of work on lung health and clean air with some big successes and lung health victories.  Respiratory Health Association (RHA) reached a settlement with a large, long-running coal plant in Peoria, Illinois – who admitted to exceeding pollution limits. The settlement includes funds for health-related work in the surrounding communities. […]
December 17, 2019

Early Investment in Lung Cancer Research Pays Off

Despite the heavy toll that lung disease takes on Americans each year, investment in lung disease research is relatively modest. As a result, ideas that could lead to new treatments, earlier detection, or even cures are never explored. Lung disease remains the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. To help change this unfortunate […]
December 13, 2019

Lung Disease Research Funding Now Available

Lung disease may be the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but it receives hundreds of millions of dollars less in research funding compared to other leading causes of death. Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is committed to closing this gap and supporting research to explore new and innovative treatments. For many of […]
December 11, 2019

Let’s Work Together to Stop Youth Vaping

Our progress against tobacco is in peril. In the last 10 years, we’ve worked to create a smoke-free world. We worked toward the passage of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act in 2007, following our success on the Smoke-Free Chicago law in 2005. We educated our legislators on the importance of point-of-sale policy – limiting the ways […]
December 11, 2019

We Are Thankful for You

At Respiratory Health Association, we believe in a future free of lung disease. A world without lung cancer, asthma or COPD. A world with clean air, where everyone breathes easier. In 2019, you helped us achieve so much. Thank you for giving RHA your time. Thank you for supporting our mission of healthy lungs and […]
November 26, 2019

Share the Love with Respiratory Health Association on Giving Tuesday

Respiratory Health Association is participating in Giving Tuesday – a global giving day celebrating philanthropy and charity work in communities – on December 3! By supporting a local charity like RHA, you are helping make a positive impact in your community. You are making a difference for yourself and your neighbors. This year, all Giving […]
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 […]
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