American Lung Association News - September 2022

Health and Fitness

September 15, 2022

How Does Lung Disease Develop in Young Lungs?

That’s one of the main questions to be answered by a pioneering long-term study of young adult lungs. The American Lung Association Lung Health Cohort Research Study will track 4,000 young adults at an age of peak lung health in order to understand how lung disease starts and how lung function declines over time. Knowing those things will help predict and prevent lung disease. Recruitment efforts have begun at many top institutions across the country. Learn more >

IRB00236497 | Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Sugar

Welcome Back, Super Stoppers!

Author, veteran Washington Post columnist, and former smoker Bob Levey has rejuvenated his popular Super Stoppers Club, which applauds and celebrates people who have quit smoking for good. Learn more and submit your quit story.

Ending Summer on a Hopeful Note

From groundbreaking research to landmark legislative victories and a heathier future for kids with asthma, summer ended on a hopeful note for improved lung health for more Americans. This kind of progress is not possible without supporters like you. Thank you! Read about all the Lung Association's activities in this month’s Mission Moment.

Top Lung News

- How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Improve Lung Health

- Steps for Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Asthma Care

- My Newborn was Hospitalized with RSV

More Lung News

Latino Community and Lung Health

As part of our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are launching Latino Community and Lung Health, a new resource area on Lung.org. Some of the highlights of this month include:

- Educational Webinar: Vaping Cessation through Text Messaging for Latino Youth with featured presenter Dr. Francisco Cartujano, a 2020-2021 Catalyst Award recipient.

- “Super Estrellas” Spotlight Series, featuring Latino lung health leaders and advocates at the Lung Association.

Flu Season Has Arrived: Let’s Be United Against Flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that peaks from December through March. Flu can affect anyone. However, you are at higher risk of severe flu illness if you have certain health conditions, such as chronic lung disease. Flu vaccination is the best way to help protect against severe flu illness. Here's what you need to know:

1. You should receive your flu shot every year.

2. Everyone 6 months and older should receive their flu shot.

3. Over the course of 50+ years, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu shots.

The Lung Association partnered with Sanofi to raise awareness of influenza and the importance of annual vaccination. Learn more at www.Lung.org/prevent-flu.

Understanding NTM Lung Disease

Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease, or NTM lung disease, is a lung infection caused by bacteria found naturally in soil and water. If you are immunocompromised or living with a chronic lung disease, you are at higher risk of infection. Symptoms include fatigue, chronic cough, shortness of breath, coughing up blood and weight loss. Talk to your healthcare provider about any symptoms you experience that are worrisome to you. The American Lung Association is collaborating with Insmed to share new resources about NTM lung disease. Learn more at www.Lung.org/NTM.

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

Did you know that there are more than 200 different types of pulmonary fibrosis (PF)? This rare disease causes scarring of the lungs and in most cases, there’s no known cause, and no cure. To raise awareness, we're spotlighting the promising work of PF researchers funded by the Lung Association. Learn more about PF.

Your Legacy Could Be a World Without Lung Disease

If you are considering a gift in your will for the American Lung Association, now is a great time to let us know. Join the Legacy Challenge and unlock an immediate donation in your honor. Don't wait! The Challenge will only be available while funds last. Learn more about the Legacy Challenge and how to unlock your donation.