Sharing the Health!

The Lung Association fought hard to win protections called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards put in place in 2011. Since then, these protections have become a tremendous success story, each year prevent- ing up to 11,000 early deaths and 130,000 asthma attacks. They’ve also dramatically reduced dangerous mercury pollution, as well as known carcinogens and toxic acid gases. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering easing these standards for power plants.image091-2

Please tell the EPA that you oppose any effort to undermine or weaken these lifesav- ing standards by signing the petition located at this link:

The Lung Association thanks you for your help and involvement.

If you were thinking of deducting your medical expenses as discussed in the last newsletter, this link from the IRS will give you more information:

image089-2Romey Struthers of Austin, TX has trouble with her oxygen cannula either breaking or becoming disconnected from her POC. At the hardware store she purchased a length of coiled plastic tubing and cut it to fit over the end of her cannula where it con- nects to her concentrator. Problem solved!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Affairs Staff would like to share the news that the FDA Request to Connect portal is now live at:

If you have a concern, question or request about your treatment, you are encouraged to contact the FDA. For more information on the programs they are involved in and how they need your input, watch the video “Patients Matter: Giving Patients a Seat at the Table” at

According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, there are 130 medicines in development for asthma, allergies and other respiratory diseases.