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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cryo-biopsies – Cutting Edge Saskatchewan Research

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When Corinna Taylor’s Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer, Corinna decided to raise funds for lung cancer research.   Her donation to the Lung Association of SK was an important part of developing the funding package that was necessary for the new equipment that Dr. Christopher Hergott , an Assistant Professor from the University of Saskatchewan, Respirology and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine, will be using in his research. “It is our sincere honour to help obtain the equipment used to perfect this cutting edge biopsy technique,” says Corinna.  “This year marks our 6th Annual Spirit of Survival – Lung Cancer Fundraiser, in

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Supporting BC Leaders in Lung Research

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For more than 100 years, the BC Lung Association has been working to save lives by promoting lung health and preventing lung disease. It all began with a historic campaign to stamp out tuberculosis. A century later, we continue our fight to end lung disease, targeting new and evolving threats to lung health, and serving as a guardian of British Columbian’s right to healthy air. To this end, every year we grant close to a million dollars in support of vital lung health research. This year we are proud to announce five additional grant commitments totaling a million dollars to

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The facts about snow mould

Spring is on the way! And the warmer temperatures provide the perfect conditions for melting snow on lawns and driveways. As much as we are jumping for joy for this, hiding beneath larger piles of snow is a less than welcome sign of spring – a fungus called snow mould. Spores from the mould can cause sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and, in more severe cases, trouble breathing. Spores are the reproductive cells of the mould. It’s something that comes around every year. It likes the cold. It thrives in the zero-to-seven-degrees temperature range and it likes environments where there is

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Calling for the end of coal-fired power plants in Alberta

The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT was pleased to join our fellow health and environmental organizations – Pembina Institute, Asthma Society of Canada, and Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment – to draw attention to the issue of coal-fired power in Alberta with the March 26th release of the report A Costly Diagnosis – Subsidizing coal power with Albertans health. Although the body of research on the health impacts of air pollution from coal is extensive and unequivocal in its findings that there are numerous health risks associated with exposure to air pollution from coal plants, none have yet

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