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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jacqui’s Journey with Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Influenza: What are underlying medical conditions? And when should I go to the doctor?

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Sometimes health information can be confusing.  Authorities are talking about people with underlying health conditions, but what does that mean? Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications.  According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the people with the following health concerns are more at risk for complications: asthma COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) heart kidney disease liver disease diabetes who are morbidly obese a weakened immune system from medication or conditions If you have a medical condition and experience flu symptoms, seek medical attention sooner rather than later. I think I have

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Elaine Clark – 2014 Stamp Out Asthma Raffle Winner

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Congratulations to Elaine Clark, grand prize winner of this year’s Stamp Out Asthma Raffle (SOAR) and $45,918 in tax-free cash. “I am very happy to be the winner of the Stamp Out Asthma Raffle (SOAR).  My son was diagnosed with asthma at a very early age.  As a parent, it is difficult and so frightening to listen to your child wheezing and gasping for air.  The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is a valuable source of information and resources.  It is a local Association well worth supporting.” All funds raised through SOAR benefit the 100,000 children and adults with asthma in

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Exercise, a great resolution for all of us, and especially for those with COPD.

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2013 has come and gone.  The New Year is a time for reflection, but also a time to set new goals and yes resolutions too.  It is no surprise that the most common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more.  People usually make this resolution in the hopes of losing weight, looking better and feeling better.  While exercise is good for everyone, it is essential for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Although exercise will not reverse the lung disease, it is an effective way to improve quality of life.  Exercising helps people use oxygen more efficiently. It strengthens breathing muscles as well as the rest of

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