January is National Radon Action Month
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources.This month's issue includes:
- Test your home for radon
- 2012 is the year to quit!
- New asthma research
- Midwest COPD Network update
- Get Involved: Advocacy days
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January is National Radon Action Month, a time to raise awareness about the second leading cause of lun g cancer in the United States. Invisible, odorless and tasteless, radon gas is released from soil and can seep into homes. You can get involved by testing your home, participating in a youth poster contest or coming to a radon awareness event at the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse on January 18.
Learn more about radon.
As many people make New Year's resolutions to quit smoking, we've got free resources to help people meet their goals. We're hosting a free session of our Courage to Quit smoking cessation program. The class will meet over seven weeks starting tonight, January 10, at 4:30 at our offices. Call Victoria at (312) 628-0219 to register now!
Through our partnership with The CHEST Foundation, we co-fund a clinical research award in women's lung health. The 2012 award recipient is Danit Ariel, MD, a fellow at Stanford University, who is researching gender differences and insulin resistance in asthma. Dr. Ariel hopes to find connections between asthma and people who are not diabetic but show resistance to insulin, which may lead to better treatments and management strategies for people with asthma.
In December, the Indiana partners of our Midwest COPD Network met to discuss strategies to address COPD in the state. More than 24 partners shared best practices to decrease readmission rates, improve tobacco and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency education and raise awareness for the disease.
Learn more about the Midwest COPD Network.
Join us to advocate for clean air, healthy lungs, and people living with diseases such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer! We provide training on how to talk with legislators, guidance on key lung-health issues and informational materials to help you support our cause.