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Monthly Archives: August 2013

How about a ‘New School Year’s’ Resolution?


     Living a healthy lifestyle takes effort. And getting your kids to do the same can be a struggle. Particularly at the start of a new school year, when peer pressure can make an unhealthy activity like smoking seem a very tempting option for kids trying to fit in. If you are a parent who smokes, not having the kids at home appears the ideal time to stop smoking for good. However, back-to-school is stressful for the entire family –  shopping for clothes and supplies, re-organizing for school days and after-school activities, arranging after-school care. And stress is a trigger

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The September Asthma Spike: What teachers need to know


Did you know? September 17 has the highest number of asthma emergencies of the year, just a few weeks after school starts. Learn why and how you can help prevent these asthma attacks here. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease and is a major cause of missed school days. In Saskatchewan alone, there are about 35,000 children living with asthma. This means that in an average classroom in our province there may be at least 2 children who have asthma. Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization among children in Canada. If not properly managed, these children can

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What makes up air pollution?

As the summer months roll on, we may hear regular air quality or smog alerts in the news. But what exactly happens in order for air pollution levels to be high? Air pollutants come from many sources, such as traffic and vehicle emissions, industrial activities (factories, steel mills, and power plants), residential sources (wood burning, driving the car often), and transboundary sources (from the United States). In the warm summer months, many of these pollutants can linger around in the air, especially if there is little wind movement. There are a number of chemicals that make up air pollution, such

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Sleep Disordered Breathing and Pregnancy: A Follow-up Study in SK

Dr. Reid

Sleep Disordered Breathing and Pregnancy:  A Follow-up Study A group of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and Stanford University led by Dr. John Reid of Saskatoon first published a study in 2011 of pregnant women with the complication of high blood pressure (gestational hypertension).  In that study, they discovered that sleep disordered breathing was common among these women.  Sleep disordered breathing is a general term for abnormal breathing patterns and the sleep disturbances that these breathing patterns can cause. In a follow-up study published in May 2013, the researchers found that the sleep disordered breathing improved back to normal

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