Canadian Lung Association Blog

Marijuana: What are the lung health risks?

The legalization of cannabis has been permeating Canadian conversations for couple of years. Now, it seems that the future of legal cannabis is just around the corner. The main thing we know about cannabis is there are many questions that have yet to be answered. The Lung Association is working to ensure more research is done on the long term effects of cannabis. Many of the harms can be associated with smoking cannabis as evidence suggests that frequent cannabis use can lead to chronic bronchitis later in life. The best thing to do if you want to use cannabis is

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Spring clean your air

Spring is a great opportunity to clean out our closets, revisit resolutions that may have been forgotten and give your lungs a breath of fresh air. This April, add air quality to your spring cleaning list and take a moment to make your surroundings better for your lungs. Trust us – they will thank you. Sadly, air quality is something that’s not completely in our control, as we share the air with pollutants, like exhaust, smog or smoke. Good news is that you do have significantly more control over the indoor quality of your home. Below are five quick tips

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Tips for healthy exercise with asthma

Just because you have asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be active — many professional athletes have it. But before you hit the gym or a field, it’s important to understand your body, your disease and how to manage it. Your asthma plan, developed with your healthcare provider, is a great start to getting your asthma under control.  Exercise can trigger asthma that’s not under control because it speeds up your breathing, forcing in more air through your mouth than your nose. This means that the filtration and warming up of air normally done by the nose is skipped. Suddenly, the

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Outdoor air pollution and your lungs

Breathing is easy when it’s easy to breathe. But that’s not always the case. No matter where you live, you likely experience some level of air pollution. This can be caused by traffic, smoke or seasonal smog, among other contaminants. But how does it affect your health? Air pollution is a mix of particles and gases like ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide that negatively affect your health and breathing. High levels of smog can be found in both urban and rural areas across the country, as wind carries pollutants hundreds of kilometres. The effects range from short-term, like coughs

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5 Things you can do this Valentine’s Day to show your lungs some love

Valentine’s Day is upon us and with it the hordes of chocolates, cards and flowers. But we want to challenge you to celebrate a little differently. Stretch it out. Go to a yoga class to celebrate your lungs. Deep breathing has proven itself to be a great way to exercise your lungs. This not only helps to reduce stress, it helps to increase your lung capacity. Laugh it up. Go to a comedy show. Laughter may not be the best medicine if you have a broken leg, but it’s certainly a great way to show your lungs some love. Laughter

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ALS Disease Clinic: The Need for Respiratory Care

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Monitoring and supporting respiratory function is a critical aspect of ALS care. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), is a progressive nervous system (neurological) disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. As the disease progresses, most patients experience shortness of breath and respiratory insufficiency at night. Inability to clear secretions can lead to discomfort and increased susceptibility to lung infections. The addition of respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and respirology has been an essential part of this newly formed team. During clinic visits all patients receive respiratory testing which determines the nature and extent of breathing dysfunction. The last year has seen tremendous

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Five steps ANYONE can take to protect the breath of older Canadians

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Not only is it the start of Canada’s peak flu season, October 1st also marks the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons – a day about recognizing, enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities, and society at large.  At The Lung Association, we believe that protecting the breath of older Canadians is imperative to achieving this goal. Let’s start with flu prevention. Consider this: Despite only being 15% of Canada’s population1, adults 65+ accounted for 70% of hospitalizations and 91% of deaths due to influenza2 during the 2014/15 flu season. That’s more than 3,000 older Canadians

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Avoid Back-to-School Flare-ups

Help your kids avoid the September spike in asthma symptoms As summer winds down, many parents start gearing up for the school year. That usually means buying school supplies and longer pants. But for parents of children with asthma, getting ready for school should also include taking steps to protect their kids from the “September Spike” – the sharp rise in kids’ asthma symptoms that happens soon after school begins. What is to blame for the September Spike in asthma symptoms? When kids go back to school, they are suddenly at close quarters with many kids – and with the

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Meet the Lung Health Expert: Dr. Darryl Adamko

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Dr. Darryl Adamko is one of two Saskatchewan-based pediatric respirologists (children’s lung doctors) – with a special connection to The Lung Association. As a medical student, Dr. Adamko helped look after the children’s medical needs at our summer asthma camp. As a medical student, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp.  Tell us what camp was like for you. It was a great experience.  Great fun entertaining the kids and making sure they were safe at camp.  As a student, it was a bit stressful worrying about their health but it was a good learning experience for me seeing how the kids

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Don’t let asthma put your child on the sideline

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With summertime being full of activity, The Lung Association wants to ensure that the one in five children with asthma keep it under control so they can stay active. If asthma is putting your child on the sideline that is a signal their asthma is not under control. Check your child’s asthma control with these simple questions. Does the child: Have to use a reliever puffer (usually a blue puffer) more than three times a week? Have asthma symptoms more than three times a week? Ever have problems with exercise or sports because of asthma? Wake up one or more

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