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COPD, weather and the environment

January 15, 2014

Our respiratory tracts are affected by the air we breathe, and changes in season, temperature and air quality can increase Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms. During the winter, cold air can trigger a reaction that constricts the airway and decreases air flow into the lungs.


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What you should know about ozone

January 14, 2014

Ozone is a gas that you cannot see or smell. Ozone occurs naturally in the sky about 10 to 30 miles above the earth's surface. Sometimes, this ozone is called "good ozone" because it forms a layer that protects life on earth from the sun's harmful rays. Ground-level ozone, on the other hand, can be bad for your health and the environment.


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Does your doctor talk to you about how much you drink?

Alcohol screening is neglected, says CDC
January 14, 2014

Only one in six adults -- and only one in four binge drinkers -- says a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them even though drinking too much is harmful to health, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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What you should know about particulate matter

January 14, 2014

Particle pollution, or particulate matter, consists of particles that are in the air, including dust, dirt, soot and smoke, and little drops of liquid. Some particles, such as soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen. Other particles are so small that you cannot see them.


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The dangers of school bus idling

January 14, 2014

Twenty-five million children in the U.S. ride the bus to and from school, spending an average of an hour and a half on a bus each day. Depending on the design of your child’s bus, it could be emitting harmful particles.


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Obesity is a risk factor for the development of asthma

January 13, 2014

Obesity is associated significantly with the development of asthma, worsening asthma symptoms, and poor asthma control. This leads to increase medication use and hospitalizations. In 2010, the obesity rate among adults with current asthma (38.8%) was significantly higher than the rate among adults without current asthma (26.8%).


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3 signs it’s time to call 9-1-1

January 13, 2014

Each year, about 600,000 Americans – one in four deaths -- in the United States are from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 715,000 Americans who have a heart attack each year, about 525,000 are first-timers, says the CDC, and those individuals may not know what’s happening.


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Dispel these flu myths

January 12, 2014

Myth #1: Flu shots cause the flu. Fact: The flu vaccine used in the United States is made from inactivated viruses that cannot cause the flu.


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How is the flu spread?

January 11, 2014

The flu is spread when a person who has the virus sneezes or coughs into the air or onto a surface. When someone breathes in or touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth after touching an item contaminated with the virus, he or she may contract the flu.


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Protect minors from E-cigarettes

January 10, 2014

Respiratory Health Association applauds Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for taking action to restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to minors. Senate Bill 1756 ensures that e-cigarettes will be subject to the same laws as conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products when it comes to selling to minors.


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