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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Asbestos: You have the right to know!


Asbestos is a natural fibrous mineral that is heat resistant, chemical resistant and hard to break down.  It is found in items such as insulation and ceiling/floor tiles.  If these products are to be disturbed, you should call a trained professional to remove it properly.  Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause a type of pulmonary fibrosis called asbestosis.  Asbestos causes damage and scarring so your alveoli (air sacs) become stiff, not stretchy. Howard Willems from Saskatoon recently died of cancer because of exposure to asbestos on the job.  He was just 59 years old.  Howard was an inspector with the

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Our first StairClimb for Clean Air event!

The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT needs YOU to be a part of Edmonton’s newest & most unique event of 2013. On March 10, we are hosting our inaugural StairClimb for Clean Air event sponsored by Boardwalk Rental Communities. Yes, firsts are usually awkward and uncomfortable, but this first is going to be better. It’s going to be exciting and it’s going to be fabulous. We are modeling our event on the experts, BC Lung Association, who are about to host their twelfth annual StairClimb for Clean Air. StairClimb for Clean Air benefits our vision of healthy lungs and clean

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TLA Celebrates Brightest Minds: Diamond Jubilee Awards

The Lung Association Alberta & NWT presented commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals to three lung health champions for their outstanding work in the field of respiratory health. The Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to Dr. Lien and Dr. MacDonald by the Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, at the  Edmonton Thoracic Society Meeting on December 4th, 2012, and to Dr. Remmers at the Pulmonary Research Group/Division of Pulmonary Medicine Seminar held in Edmonton on Feb 13, 2013. Dr. Dale Lien Professor of Medicine – Pulmonary Division, University of Alberta Hospital. Dr. Lein’s lifetime

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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award – Saskatchewan Recipients


At a recent luncheon ceremony held in Regina, Mrs. Marilyn Reddy, past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Lung Association of Saskatchewan, presented commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals to Dr. Brian Graham, President and CEO of the Lung Association of Saskatchewan and Mr. Jim Burnett, a long time Board Member of the Association. “These two individuals repeatedly demonstrate outstanding achievement and distinguished service to the citizens of Saskatchewan and Canada,” says Mrs. Reddy. For over 25 years with the Lung Association, Brian Graham has dedicated his life’s work to improving lung health in Canada. He has

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Are those with multiple chemical sensitivities the canaries of our generation?


While researching multiple chemical sensitivities, or MCS, I read an interesting analogy that was repeated over and over again and involves a bit of a history lesson.  While today’s coal miners use modern day technology to detect unsafe levels of chemicals, canaries were used in the past.  Miners would enter the mines with canaries who, at signs of distress, indicated that the mines were unsafe and the miners had to return to the surface immediately.  Those with MCS have been deemed by some to be the canaries for our generation.  With the increase in exposure to multiple chemicals, particularly since

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