Canadian Lung Association Blog

Breathing: the greatest thing for hipsters since return of vinyl

Breathing is not merely a life-sustaining process that powers the body and brain. For hipsters everywhere, this process is the most valuable of life functions altogether because the various elements make them who they are. Many of the benefits might be too obscure even for true hipsters to spot, but The Lung Association is here to help shed light on the benefits of breathing in the life of a hipster. The Nose Many might see the nose as simply the filtration system that allows inhaled air to enter the lungs. While the nose’s ability to filter out polluting particles and

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Breathing Towards Victory: How Olympians Use their Lungs

As the Olympic torch arrives in Rio, elite athletes will get ready for performances of a lifetime. During the days that follow, we will hold our breath as we watch our athletes perform, exhale with relief as the athletes finish a feat and shout in exhilaration as medals are hung around the necks. But as we breathe together with our athletes, our athletes breathe even deeper. Elite athletes must use their lungs more effectively than any of us. Oxygen powers performance. This is true for all level of athletes. Each of us can exercise to increase the volume of our

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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

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[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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Radon Awareness and Education with HGTV’s Jon Eakes

Jon Eakes from HGTV’s Just Ask Jon Eakes sat down with RadonAware to talk home renovations, construction, and the importance of testing and mitigating for radon. Britt: Why is it so important for builders and contractors to learn about radon? Jon: Radon is a major cause of lung cancer. There are small amounts of radon in most Canadian homes, old and new. Although the levels of radon vary, every house in every region could potentially be dangerous. But there’s no way of knowing until the house is built, occupied and tested. When building, there are different ways you can limit radon

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QuitNow in the Community – Health Promoter Andrea

At QuitNow, we offer free one-on-one quit coaching, personalized quit planning, daily motivation and community support to help British Columbians quit smoking. To spread the word about our services, we rely in no small part on our team of regional health promoters – including Andrea. A passion for public health and disease prevention Andrea has a Master’s Degree in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences and is passionate about Epidemiology (the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions). She found studying the factors that contribute to overall health interesting – and of course, quitting smoking

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Life as a Quit Coach: Christine’s Story

Every time you call the QuitNow phone line, type a question into Live Chat or even interact on Facebook a qualified Quit Coach is there to help you, support your quit, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Christine is one of those Coaches. Christine’s story With a background in sociology and child psychology, Christine cares deeply about how people think and feel. Using a combination of strategy, intuition, and exemplary listening skills, she is able to support others in their decision to quit smoking by quickly identifying the best solution for their unique needs. Though a skilled

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QuitNow in the Community: Health Promoter Louise P.

At QuitNow, we offer free one-on-one quit coaching, personalized quit planning, daily motivation, and community support to help British Columbians quit smoking. To spread the word about our services, we rely on our team of regional health promoters – including Louise. A passion for healthy living A committed public health champion, Louise works in the Interior Health region. Her career began in public health nutrition, and soon after grew to include work in a range of health promotion areas.  Prior to joining QuitNow eight years ago, Louise worked as a Tobacco Reduction Coordinator for Interior Health.  She also worked as a

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Life as a Quit Coach: Melissa’s Story

Every time you call the QuitNow phone line, type a question into Live Chat or even interact on Facebook, an amazing, qualified Quit Coach is there to help you, support your quit, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Melissa is one of those Coaches. Melissa’s Story Melissa has four years Quit Coach experience under her belt and it shows. A certified addictions counsellor with a psychology background, her eclectic mix of humour, superb listening skills, and poignant questions puts her in the perfect position to help clients as they start or maintain their quit. Melissa wasn’t

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Stronger than before: Ken’s Story

Before he made the decision to quit, Ken had been a steadfast smoker since the tender age of five. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and chronic depression, he knew at age 39 that a change was necessary to improve both his physical and mental health. By using nicotine replacement therapy such as the patch and gum, drinking water and avoiding known triggers, Ken slowly but surely weaned himself off cigarettes. After six months of trying, he knew he could finally stop smoking for good. Since quitting, Ken has seen a dramatic improvement in his overall well being. He has found that

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The long drive home: Fern’s Story

After 35 years of smoking, Fern made the commitment to quit smoking for good. Motivated by health issues, including a bad heart, she knew that she had to curb her addiction if she wanted to live a long and healthy life. “l am so proud of my husband and l for doing the best thing for our lives and our health,” Fern said. “It’s been over eight years and l am still smoke-free! My life has never been better, the taste of food is incredible, l can breathe, my heart is better for it, and I no longer smell like a cigarette.” So

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8 Back to School Tips for Managing your Child’s Asthma

Summer’s coming to an end, which means it’s back to school time! We want to remind parents and teachers of the annual peak in asthma flare-ups in the weeks after school starts. Hospitalizations for childhood asthma increase during the fall months as children go back to school, and asthma remains the leading cause of school absenteeism. Below are some tips to help your child with asthma be prepared for the new school year: 1. Visit your doctor before school starts and prepare an Asthma Action Plan for your child that should include medications (dose and expiry date), peak flow chart

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Friendship, love and cigarettes

In the process of growing up, we meet different types of friends. Friends you can call in the middle of the night, friends who are always ready to go on adventures with you, and friends you can learn from. While these friends may come and go, once in a blue moon, you meet a truly supportive person who will grow right alongside you and champion your cause as if it were their own. Diana is one of those friends. At 18 years-old, Diana knew that her friend had his whole life ahead of him when he began smoking. Worried about his health and

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