Canadian Lung Association Blog

Season’s Sneezings : April showers bring May flowers

For most people, spring time is a time of the year when we shed winter coats and breathe in the long-forgotten smells of budding flowers and trees. But almost a quarter of Canadians suffers from allergies in the spring that make this time of the year difficult to enjoy. Jaimie Peters is a Registered Nurse and Certified Respiratory Educator with the Canadian Lung Association’s Helpline. She shares her tips on dealing with seasonal allergies. What causes springtime allergies? Most spring allergies are caused by pollens that are released from grass, trees, and flowers. Spring allergies cause hay fever, otherwise known as allergic

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Got milk; need answers: New research looks at breast milk in asthma prevention

Imagine a nutritional food source that gives your baby exactly what she needs, when she needs it. Breast milk is just that. It provides your baby with nutrients, helps fight off infections and changes as the baby’s needs change. And yet, it might have even more benefits than that. Dr. Meghan Azad is a Winnipeg-based researcher and a recipient of Canadian Respiratory Research Network ERLI award, who is committed to learning just what other super powers this nourishment holds. “We’re looking at how breast milk potentially protects babies from developing asthma,” she explains, adding “So far, we’re seeing early signs

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My Experience With Lung Cancer – Epilogue


[See previous posts – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6] On March 17, 2016, 26 months after receiving her diagnosis of lung cancer, Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum passed away. The courage with which she struggled against lung cancer is evident from the six instalments of her blog. The Lung Association was truly blessed to have a friend such as Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum. From 1999 to 2006, Terry-Nan was the Medical Director of a project to develop a TB control program in Ecuador. The project was funded by CIDA through the Canadian Lung Association. During this time, Ecuador went from having the

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Love at first breath   

Every May, we take a moment to appreciate the mothers in our lives. One of the first miracles of motherhood begins even before the baby is born. Let’s think of everything that is programmed to happen as the baby takes her first breath. The lungs of a fetus are at the ready, but benched for action during pregnancy. So, the puzzle is: how does a fetus get oxygen while bypassing its lungs? First, let’s recap how adult circulation works and the role that lungs play. It all starts as you breathe in and oxygen enters your lungs.  This oxygen fuels

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BC Hydro sits down with BC Lung Association

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Last summer RadonAware met with BC Hydro to provide information on what radon is, the health risks, how to test, mitigation options, and how building upgrades are a great time to consider protection from soil gases, such as radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. To lend its support, BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebate Program now asks homeowners to consider testing for radon when doing home improvements. Margo Longland, Senior Program Manager, Residential Marketing, believes testing for radon is an important first step to help protect occupant health and safety. “If you’re going to be planning a renovation, consider radon testing.

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Important Tax Changes for Planned Gifts


Up until January 1, 2016 trusts created in your will, called testamentary trusts, had a distinct advantage as earnings in the trust were taxed at graduated rates. A graduated tax rate is how an individual’s income is taxed – lower rates at lower income levels with tax rates increasing as the level of income reaches higher thresholds. This advantage was so attractive, wills often contained instructions to create multiple testamentary trusts to reduce the tax load on their beneficiaries. For example: A Saskatchewan taxpayer paid a combined federal and provincial tax rate of 8.9% on taxable income of 20,000 in

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CARST sits down with BC Lung Association

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From April 24th to 26th RadonAware will join with dozens of radon professionals in Montreal, Quebec to “Connect and Educate” at the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) 5th Annual Radon Conference. The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Manager Britt Swoveland recently sat down with Pam Warkentin, Executive Director of C-NRPP and Executive Assistant to CARST to discuss this year’s conference and the CARST’s long-term vision. Britt: This year’s theme for the CARST Conference is “Connect and Educate.” How does the conference support this theme? Pam: People will be coming to the conference from all across Canada, so we have

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Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (CHBA BC) sits down with BC Lung Association

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The danger of radon gas is serious. For people who have never smoked, it is the leading cause of lung cancer. The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Manager Britt Swoveland recently sat down with Neil Moody, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC to discuss the importance of supporting the construction industry with resources and education to help protect homeowners from radon. Britt: Why get involved in radon? Neil: The CHBA BC represents more than 1,600 members from regions throughout the province of British Columbia and from every area of the housing industry in the province. Radon is

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Radon Environmental sits down with BC Lung Association

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Until now only offered long term radon test kits. We’re really pleased, thanks to our new partnership with Radon Environmental, to offer both a short and long term radon testing (Learn by reading the media release). To learn a little more about Radon Environmental and its objectives – BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Manager Britt Swoveland sat down with CEO Alan Whitehead. Britt: Why radon? Alan: It all started with my wife Janet, a radon-induced lung cancer survivor. Britt:  I know we both agree relationship building is key to reaching and activating more and more British Columbians on the issue

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BC Communities tackle radon issue

BC Communities tackle radon issue

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas can have serious health consequences if left to accumulate to unhealthy levels indoors.  The number one cause of lung cancer after smoking, radon gas is a known carcinogen that can make its way into any home, school or workplace where the building comes into contact with the soil. It is also Canadians’ leading cause of radiation exposure. This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes. “The first step was

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