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Monthly Archives: September 2013

How Your Smartphone Can Help You Quit Smoking

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  The BC Lung Association QuitNow program has gone mobile; delivering free quit smoking support into the palm of your hand day or night. “We’re all becoming increasingly reliant on our mobile phones,” says Jack Boomer, QuitNow Director for the BC Lung Association. “So it follows, if our role is to be there for British Columbians struggling to quit, we need to be easily accessible through any mobile device. Now all of our quit smoking tools, contests and support services can be easily navigated through your smartphone or iPad as well as your desktop computer.” If a quit plan is

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Friends & Family Unite to Fight Lung Disease!

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The BC Lung Association’s 29th Annual Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath united some 300 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia this past weekend, September 7 and 8th, to raise funds for vital lung health research, programs and initiatives. The 2-day, 200km ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back was everything a Bike Trek should be: beautiful, challenging and in the end, very rewarding. Cyclists shared laughs, forged friendships and reached personal goals—while riding for a cause they believe in. To participate, cyclists raised a minimum donation of $500 and in return, traveled a fully

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What is to blame for the September Spike in asthma symptoms?

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As summer winds down, many parents start gearing up for the school year. That usually means buying school supplies and longer pants. But for parents of children with asthma, getting ready for school should also include taking steps to protect their kids from the “September Spike” – the sharp rise in kids’ asthma symptoms that happens soon after school begins. What is to blame for the September Spike in asthma symptoms? Viruses & other triggers When kids go back to school, they are suddenly at close quarters with many kids – and with the germs and viruses kids carry. Viruses, including

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Q & A: Back to school with asthma

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The Canadian Lung Association interviewed Dr. Sharron Dell, from the Canadian Thoracic Society’s asthma clinical assembly on the “September Spike” in asthma symptoms. 1. What is the “September Spike” in asthma symptoms and what causes it? The “September Spike  is the rise in hospital visits for asthma that occurs consistently from year to year in September. This spike has occurred for at least the last decade in Canada and several other countries including the United Kingdom, United States amongst others. The exact cause is unknown, but scientists think it is due to a combination of factors, including viral infections, fall

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