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COPD Awareness All Year

Harold Wimmer | Posted 11.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Many people give little thought to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) - also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. But it's constantly ...

Expanding Impact For Patients With Asthma And COPD

Harold Wimmer | Posted 06.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Research is key to discovering new and better treatment options, and through a network of clinical research centers, the American Lung Association is dedicated to making an impact in the lives of these Americans.

Leonard Nimoy's Final Mission

XPRIZE | Posted 01.26.2017 | Impact

Early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and save lives. Thus, a user-friendly, mobile device that could diagnose individuals in the absence of a physician would be a great benefit for people with COPD.

Could You Have COPD?

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.25.2017 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you do indeed have COPD, you need to know that while there's no cure, there are things you can do to help manage symptoms and protect your lungs from further damage, including:

The Cost of Breathing: Health Insurance and COPD -- Choosing the Best Plan for Your Needs

Harold Wimmer | Posted 01.14.2017 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Breathing shouldn't be your biggest expense. Yet, choosing an affordable health plan can be difficult, especially when you have a high-cost chronic disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A Broken Heart, For Mama

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 01.04.2017 | Women
Jenna Henry Hansen

Over a year has passed, and I am still grappling with the finality of my mother's death. Questions bounce around in my head: How did the life of such an amazing person burn out like that? Why did she want to fade away?

7 Ways To Avoid 7 Common Chronic Diseases

Carol Marak | Posted 08.26.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

In the next few decades, people worldwide can expect to live longer. And if you make it to 65, data implies that you my live another 20 years. That's the good news. Those living another two decades will likely live with at least one chronic condition. But some health factors can help lessen that concern.

When the Body Fails, Tech Takes Over

XPRIZE | Posted 07.24.2016 | Technology

Think you can't live without a pulse? Not necessarily. Patients with heart failure no longer have to remain in a hospital waiting for a donor heart. A device that once kept patients alive only long enough to receive a transplant is changing the way people with heart failure live for extended periods of time.

I Am the Sandwich Generation

Teri Biebel | Posted 07.06.2016 | Parents
Teri Biebel

One month ago, I had never even heard the term 'sandwich generation'. Now I'm living it. Basically, it means you have children you're caring for AND parents you're caring for.

Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

What Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Lesley Gore ('It's My Party') Have in Common

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Above all, avoid cigarettes, and you will live longer, prosper better, and also have more parties. Leonard Nimoy and Lesley Gore, we will miss you both.

My Husband Passed Away Owing Bills

Steve Rhode | Posted 04.25.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

Money, Credit and Debt Advice - Get Out of Debt Guy Question: My Husband Passed Away With Bills Dear Steve, My husband passed away a few year...

Going the Distance: Passion Propels Cyclist Despite Rare Genetic Condition

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

About 35 miles into a 60-mile brisk ride with friends, Daryl, who was 54 at the time, struggled to keep up with his companions as he cycled up a small hill. "I got winded and heard myself wheezing," he recalls.

COPD: The Breath Thief

Harold Wimmer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

COPD accounts for more than 134,000 deaths each year in the U.S. -- the third leading cause of death. Tragically, the number of people dying from COPD is growing.

November Is COPD Awareness Month: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

With COPD it often becomes more and more difficult for people to breathe over time because the air sacs that carry air from the nose and mouth to the lungs become less elastic.

Delivering on a Promise: CVS Steps Up in the Fight Against Tobacco

Harold Wimmer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S. Every year, almost half a million people die from tobacco-caused disease. Reducing access to tobacco is an important first step.

For 30 Years, Trek Across Maine Cyclists Have Kept Their Eye on the Prize: A World Free of Lung Disease

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Seyler

As the American Lung Association gears up for celebrating 30 years of what has become our organization's largest fundraiser, it's hard to not think ba...

Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles Deliver on the Promise of Healthier Air

Harold Wimmer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Each day, American Lung Association volunteers and staff work hard to fight lung cancer, reduce the burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease an...

A Milestone Announcement: CVS Caremark Becomes First Major Drug Store to Ban Tobacco Sales

Harold Wimmer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

With CVS Caremark's announcement yesterday that they will no longer sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, at all CVS/pharmacy locations, the company took a bold step. This, I'm proud to say, is a great moment in the fight against tobacco.

New Analysis Reveals Changes in Future of COPD Therapies

Christopher King | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher King

COPD's worldwide prevalence is increasing; some research predicts a 30 percent increase in deaths over the next decade, with annual mortality exceeding six million people. Current therapies aim to ease breathing and relieve symptoms, but there is no cure

End the Tobacco Epidemic: Enough is Enough -- Together, We Can Save Half a Million Lives Every Year

Harold Wimmer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Without stronger laws to protect people, the door is left wide open for the tobacco industry to take advantage. Cigarette manufacturers have bought companies that make e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products to grow their empire, increase profits and maintain power over our youth.

How People With COPD Could Benefit From A Yoga Practice

Posted 10.31.2013 | Healthy Living

Three months of yoga classes could help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) breathe easier, a small new study suggests. Twen...

FDA Approves New COPD Treatment

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living

(Updates with details, share price) By Toni Clarke May 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approve...

Using a Harmonica as a Weapon for Good

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

It turns out that playing the harmonica can be a great therapy for COPD patients. The repeated pattern of breathing in and out through the instrument can help patients to become aware of their breathing patterns.

Acupuncture Helps With COPD, Study Finds

The Huffngton Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living

A small trial new suggests that acupuncture may have big benefits for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The complementary treatment c...