Lung Disease
Lung Disease is any disease or disorder that occurs in the lungs
or that causes the lungs not to work properly.
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Agencies and Support Groups


American Lung Association in Pennsylvania- Scranton
Address: Marywood University
                     2300 Adam Avenue
                     Scranton, PA 18509
Phone:      (570) 346-1784

 American Lung Association in Pennsylvania- Wilkes-Barre 
Address:   71 North Franklin Street Room 207
                   Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone:      (570) 823-2212

Better Breathers Group
This monthly support group for individuals interested in lung diseases meets quarterly at John Heinz Rehab Center (patient dining room).  Next meeting will be May 5, 2015. For more information, contact Tony Delonti  ( or 570-346-1784).


Camp AsthmaCadabra
An annual overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 7-12, who might otherwise be denied a summer camping experience because they have asthma.  Held at the YMCA’s Camp Kresge, White Haven, PA. The 2015 camp will run from August 6th through August 9th.


Mailing Address: Camp AsthmaCadabra, PO Box 1536, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone: (570) 346-1784 (Tony Delonti, Camp Director)

Luzerne County Asthma Coalition
Membership open to health professionals and parents or caretakers of children with asthma.  Activities include outreach such as World Asthma Day and other events.  Offers a newsletter.   For more information, contact Tony Delonti (American Lung Association) at 570-346-1784. The group has a website at   

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A diverse, multi-disciplinary partnership of agencies, organizations and individuals in the Commonwealth concerned with asthma.  The site covers a wide variety of topics that educate on controlling asthma, news, medical assistance, and links to other resources.

The Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association is a group of allergists/immunologists committed to the care of people with allergic and immunologic diseases. The site is a resource for practicing allergists and patients, with information on local allergens of interest, allergic diseases and their treatment as well as information on finding an allergist in your area.

Provides resources on asthma and its triggers, local and regional programs, publications, and asthma morbidity and mortality in Pennsylvania. 
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A patient education and advocacy organization providing consumer-friendly information about asthma and allergies “from diapers to college.”

A professional membership association for respiratory care professionals and allied health specialists interested in cardiopulmonary care.
American Lung Association
A leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.  The site offers publications, information on diseases, treatments and research, a Lung HelpLine, and an e-newsletter

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
A group that accelerates research efforts leading to a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, while educating, supporting patients and families.  Membership is free.  Offers latest news, patients resources, support groups, info on clinical trials.    

COPD Foundation 
The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  Offers info on COPD for patients and caregivers, with links to other sites with resources.

Information and interactive support for COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and chronic asthma patients, caregivers, and families, including chat rooms and message boards and webinars. 

The LAM Foundation
A non-profit organization devoted to finding a cure for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).   Offers information and resources for patients and families, providers and researchers.   
Information for professionals and the general public about heart and vascular diseases, lung diseases, blood diseases and resources, and sleep disorders.
National Institute of Environmental Health Services
Conducts basic research on how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control, dedicated to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.  Data, publications and products basic info on quitting smoking.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Supports research to find a way to cure and control pulmonary fibrosis. In addition it supports treatment centers to help those afflicted.   Funds research and advocates for pulmonary fibrosis issues, promoting disease awareness, and providing a compassionate environment for supporting patients and their loved ones. Sites provides inks to other resources, support groups (in-person and online), Webinars, handbooks, etc.

Your Lung Health
Conducts basic research on how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease    Asite from the American Association for Respiratory Care that gives practical advice and important information for those living with lung disease.

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WebMD Allergy (Free) iOS
Based on the allergies you have, the free WebMD Allergy app for iPhone will help you prepare for each day with a personalized allergy and weather forecast along with doctor-approved tips that can be customized to your specific allergies. You can also track how you feel, RECORD symptoms and treatments, and add notes through an easy to use allergy tracker. Before your doctor appointments, generate reports to share with your doctor.

FluView (Free) iOS
With this health app, you can track ‘Influenza-Like Illness’ activity levels across the U.S. The CDC is required to track such symptoms as they are reported to health care providers across the country. This app displays such reports in your area, and allows you to compare them to period of high and low flu risk.

State of the Air (Free) iOS, Android
Get life-saving updates on your local air quality (anywhere in the US) and learn how you can help fight for air.

AsthmaSense (Free) iOS, Android
Is your asthma under control? This app assesses symptoms, medication use and breathing data to tell you when your risk is changing. Not only can you set reminders for meds and measurements, but you can now track, share and review multiple accounts online with the AsthmaSense Cloud.

Living Well with Asthma ($ .99) iOS
Similarly, this guide will teach you each and everything you want to know about asthma, living well with asthma, treatment, diagnosis, precautions, asthma in children and so on.

Asthma Tracker and Log (Free) Android
Asthma Tracker is a convenient way to not only keep a journal of your asthma attacks, but also to track your peak flow meter readings if you have asthma or COPD. You can track the frequency of your attacks along with the length of your attack, where you were when it started, what triggered it, and how you treated it. There are default choices available for locations, triggers, etc, but you can also add/delete/edit them as you see fit.

AsthmaCheck (Free) iOS, Android
This app was specially developed by pulmonary specialists to assist patients to optimally and independently manage their illness. Thanks to the app’s intuitive user interface and its simple design and icons, patients have a clear record of their readings, allowing them to keep a careful eye on their asthma.

(Free) iOS
Keep a journal of your asthma easily and quickly, easily pick from a list of medications and track how they are helping your manage your asthma; map your PFM to severity zones, and track asthma triggers such as pollens and pollutants.

Inhaler Tracker ($ .99) iOS
One of the main issues with the use of inhalers is that it is often difficult to know when one is empty as even when the medication is depleted an amount of propellant still remains, so simply shaking the inhaler is an inaccurate method of determining if the inhaler needs replacing. Whenever you take a dose, you simply run the application and tap the entry for the corresponding inhaler. The remaining medication in each inhaler is clearly displayed to help you to anticipate when an inhaler will need replacing.

iLung ($ .99) iOS
ilung calculates the expiratory vital capacity of your lungs, this is the amount of air can be exhaled with the strongest effort at once. The vital capacity is a parameter for the function of the lungs and is used primarily in the spirometry.

COPD Tracker (Free) iOS
This app is designed to help you track how you’re feeling, shortness of breath, tightness in chest, cough, sputum/mucus, fatigue, trouble sleeping, weather.

Lung Cancer iOncolex (Free) iOS
iOncolex contains up-to-date information on cancer provided by experts at the Norwegian Radium Hospital – recognized as one of the foremost cancer treatment centers in Europe. iOncolex provides a comprehensive collection of current procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The content is organized into basic facts and the three major aspects of the disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Follow-up Care. A wide range of images, illustrations, and videos explain the disease, treatment, and the effects it might have. Medical terms are defined in plain English. Simply click on a medical term to see a definition.

QuitGuide (Free)  iOS, Android
This mobile app can help you prepare to quit smoking and support you in the days and weeks after you quit. It describes what problems you can expect when you quit smoking and includes interactive tips to keep you smoke free. With it you can save useful information in favorites and share what you’re reading via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

QuitStart (Free) iOS, Android
The QuitSTART mobile app will kick-start your smoke free lifestyle. With it you can track cravings and moods and monitor your progress toward achieving smoke free milestones.  The app also allows you to identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” for support during challenging times.

Quit Smoking Now with Max Kirsten ($6.99) iOS, Android
his highly-rated app features the advice of internationally renowned clinical hypnotherapist and self-help expert Max Kirsten, who has helped thousands of people successfully quit smoking. The app features high-quality recordings, videos, fact cards, an ebook and much more.

Livestrong MyQuit Coach (Free) iOS
This application creates a personalised plan, along with motivational tips and progress charts, to ensure that you can quit smoking. It helps keep you on track, and even presents you with achievement badges to reward you for the progress made.

QuitNow! – Quit Smoking (Free) Android
This is an incredibly full featured Android quit smoking app to help you kick the nasty habit. It has everything you need to quit, and it is highly rated on Google Play (4.5 stars as of this writing). One of the best features of QuitNow! is the social aspect. Quitting smoking is something to be proud of, and the app makes it easy for you to share your progress with your friends.

Quitter (Free) iOS
This is a really simple app for someone who needs the money factor to motivate them. You simply enter how much you smoke, how much it costs and when you quit. It will tell you exactly how much money you saved. If you feel the craving, boot up this app and look at all the money you are not spending on cigarettes anymore. This should help you fight off that pesky craving.

Get Rich or Die Smoking (Free) Android
Why do you spend so much money on damaging your health? Why don't you spend this money more reasonably? This app helps you to stop smoking by showing what you can now afford with the money saved.  It has all kinds of other cool features such as achievements, tips, support for several currencies, and tracking the positive effect on your health.

Stop Smoking Assistant ($ .99) Blackberry
This app tells you how much money you have saved on smoking, and how long it has been since your last cigarette. It is also full of helpful tips to help you quit, and most importantly, help you stay quit.

Cessation Nation
(Free) iOS, Android
Quit smoking with the over 17 million people in the USA who try to quit smoking every year or support a friend or loved one on their journey to quit smoking! See how long it's been since you stopped smoking, the amount of money you've saved, cigarettes not smoked, and health improvements. Play a fun distracting game while you forget about your cravings. Join the vibrant Facebook community offering support to everyone who has chosen to stop smoking!

Stop Smoking (Free) Android
An effective application that provides you with the support you need when you stop smoking.
Many features in this app will help you stop smoking: How many cigarettes didn't you smoke since you stopped? How much money have you saved since you stopped? Earn Medals on special events. Achievements to unlock. With Stop Smoking, you will understand day after day how stopping cigarettes made you healthier.

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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
This page is maintained by the librarian at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 
Last updated: September 19, 2013