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Yearly Archives: 2014

Keep your lungs healthy this holiday season: how to avoid potential triggers

Keep your lungs healthy this holiday season: how to avoid potential triggers Lung health in the holidays: avoid potential triggers ‘Tis the season to be jolly…but if you have a long-term breathing disease like asthma or COPD, ‘tis the season to be on guard, too. Research shows that people with asthma and COPD are more likely to be hospitalized during the Christmas holiday period. The main reason – people pick up colds and other germs at social events, and these viruses trigger flare-ups. Scented candles and mould found on Christmas trees also trigger symptoms for some people. In addition, extra

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My Experience With Lung Cancer – Part 5: Lung Cancer Awareness

[See previous blogs – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4] I haven’t written a blog since the summer.  I am not sure why – I think it is because I wasn’t sure what else I could say that would be helpful or interesting. The summer was difficult. I had several complications from the cancer – phlebitis, pneumonia, pneumonitis – and they all took a long time to resolve. But the most difficult event was learning at the end of July that the cancer was continuing to spread despite the drug I was on.  Since then I have

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Susan’s story: Never start smoking, and if you do smoke, quit now.

Art & Susan     Nov 2013 - cropped

Susan grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, a time when one in two Canadians over the age of 15 smoked, and smoked everywhere: in workplaces; universities; restaurants; airplanes; even in doctors’ offices. Like many of her generation, Susan started smoking in her teens. By the time she was in her twenties, she was a single mom with a serious addiction to nicotine. When Susan met Art in the ‘80s, the harms of tobacco smoke were becoming better known. Susan knew she had to quit smoking, and once she and Art decided to have more children, she finally had the

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10 facts you should know about COPD


1)      COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a long-term lung disease often caused by smoking. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 2)      The symptoms of COPD include: a cough that lasts a long time, or coughing up “stuff” (mucus), feeling short of breath, especially when you are making an effort (climbing stairs, exercising), many lung infections that last a long time (the flu, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.) 3)      A “smokers” cough is not normal, if you have a cough that last 3 weeks or longer, you should talk to your doctor. 4)      COPD can be diagnosed with a simple

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Do not share your asthma medications with anyone.

During Lung Month, the Canadian Lung Association would like to remind people not to share their asthma medications with anyone. Asthma is a chronic disease that makes your lungs very sensitive and hard to breathe. Asthma can’t be cured, but with proper treatment, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives. It’s estimated that three million Canadians have asthma. “It is important to note that people with asthma can participate in sports if their asthma is under control,” says Marion Larocque, a certified respiratory educator with The Lung Association of Saskatchewan. “Never borrow someone else’s medications – all asthma medications

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November is Lung Month!

November is national Lung Month and to celebrate, the Canadian Lung Association is urging everyone to think about breathing and why lung health is so important to them and their loved ones. Across the country, there will be a variety of activities, in person and online, to make Canadians more aware of how precious our lungs and our breathing is for all. During Lung Month, the Canadian Lung Association is asking everyone share a breathtaking picture with friends and family through social media. It’s simple and easy to participate. Here’s how: 1)    Post your most breathtaking pic and add #mybreathtakingpic

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During Lung Month, share #mybreathtakingpic

November is Lung Month so we’re asking everyone to help spread the word by sharing a breathtaking picture with friends and family.  It’s a simple and fun way to make a difference in the lives of those with breathing difficulties. It’s so easy: 1)    Post your most breathtaking pic 2)    Include a short message: “Post a pic that takes your breath away and give Canadians with lung disease a chance to breathe easier” 3)    Tag a friend and get them to do the same 4)    Remind everyone to donate Here’s a sample post:

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Setting the Record Straight About Radon: Part 2

Radon - Is it in Your Home - Graphic

Last month, we dispelled 5 myths related to radon. This month we tackle 5 more misconceptions. To read Part 1 of this blog, click here. Myths: 1)       Help! I’m worried my granite countertop is releasing large amounts of radon. Fact: Radon is in fact produced by granite, which contains varying levels of uranium. Certain granites may contain more natural uranium that others, and therefore, may produce more radiation. In 2010, Health Canada conducted a study on granite purchased in Canada, and found that the granite produced no significant levels of radon. Radon generally occurring in the air of the home

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SHRF Partnership

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is offering a pilot funding program developed to encourage collaborative groups of health researchers to launch new ideas, develop new research questions, and explore unique solutions to health issues relevant to Saskatchewan. Funding is available for short-term research development projects of up to one year. This funding is intended to provide support for collaborative health research in its initial stages that will strengthen an application for funding to an entity other than SHRF within one year following the grant term. Researchers are encouraged to work with knowledge user co-applicants and collaborators where appropriate. SHRF

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Things you should know about enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)


A number of cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a rare and potentially serious respiratory infection, have been reported in Canada and the United States. Enterovirus is related to the common cold virus and can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, by close contact with infected persons or by touching a contaminated surface. EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, similar to other viral infections. Symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever and body aches. As with the common cold, EV-D68 spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches something. Younger people are generally

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