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Monthly Archives: March 2014

TB survivor Manav Gill shares her story!


March 24, 2014 – World TB Day – Today marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, an opportunity for us all to acknowledge and take action on an infectious disease that is responsible for 1.3 million deaths annually.  Fortunately for those of us who live in Canada, incidence of TB is low, with approximately 1,500 new cases reported every year. “The best defence is a first-class control and prevention program. Luckily, in Canada, we are very fortunate to have one of the finest,” says Scott McDonald, CEO of the BC Lung Association. “But we mustn’t become complacent.  Even Healthy Canadians fall ill with TB.” Proof

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World TB Day is March 24: Read about the Canadian Lung Association’s work in tuberculosis


World TB Day is held every year on March 24th to mark the discovery of the cause of the disease by Dr Robert Koch in Berlin in 1882.  At the time of Dr. Koch’s discovery of the TB bacillus, the disease was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. This discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB. The Canadian Lung Association has a rich and proud history of fighting TB. Established in 1900 to control the spread of tuberculosis, we began our work under our original name, The Canadian

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Tips to stay quit this St. Patrick’s Day!


Next Monday is St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) – and whether your ancestors hailed from Ireland or not, chances are many people will be drinking beer and wearing green – which for recent quitters, can make for a precarious situation. That’s because alcohol is one of the biggest reasons people slip or resume smoking. And that’s why the BC Lung Association wants to give those trying to quit and stay quit as much support and encouragement as we can. With so many people drinking and socializing, having a smoke might feel like the most natural thing in world and that kind

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Reducing Radon Levels in Your Home Can Save Your Life


As a health conscious and physically active non-smoker I never thought I was at risk for developing the most deadly of cancers – lung cancer. However, in 2011 I learned about the dangers of radon gas from The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT and am so thankful that I did. After learning that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers I immediately decided to test my home.  When the test results came back I was shocked to learn that the radon levels in my home were more than double the guidelines set by Health Canada. This

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Wintertime Air Quality and the AQHI

Winter Air Quality

Many of us associate poor air quality days with smog that tends to build up in the summer. Did you know that we also experience poor air quality days in the winter? Smog can occur throughout the year, but the composition of the smog changes with the seasons. In the summer, smog is mainly composed of ground-level ozone (a harmful pollutant) and may also consist of small suspended particles originating from forest fire smoke. In the winter, smog primarily consists of small suspended particles from car exhaust, and burning of wood in stoves and fireplaces. Most often winter smog is

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Jacqui’s Journey with IPF: Whoopi!

Portable oxygen concentrators

My doctor started me on oxygen therapy a year ago because I had low oxygen saturation levels on exertion. Shortness of breath, coughing, struggling to catch my breath, fatigue and weakness were other symptoms I suffered with.  The oxygen supply company  came and set me up with the following supplies : Oxygen concentrator that stays inside our home. Large liquid oxygen tank.  The tank is filled once a week with oxygen. Portable liquid oxygen tanks. I fill a portable  liquid oxygen tank from the large liquid oxygen tank to use when I go out. I have nasal cannulas, connectors and oxygen tubing to

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Remembering Marion Carson

Alberta’s tuberculosis movement began with a woman of vision. Calgary’s Marion Carson devoted her life to help tuberculosis patients in Alberta – working actively up until her death at age 89 in 1950. Marion begins our story as The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (“TLA”) looks back and celebrates our 75 years of service to the community. She was tremendously active in her newly adopted home, creating the Women’s Literacy Club in 1906, and as an active member of the Calgary School Board during the 1920s. She also helped underprivileged children by collecting milk money for Calgary’s less fortunate and

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