Canadian Lung Association Blog

Yearly Archives: 2015

Thanks for your support for RadonAware!

Thank You from RadonAware

With November, and Radon Aware Month finished, I finally have some time to reflect on all the incredible support provided to the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Program. In the fall, we sent out 80 packages with information on radon and its health risks to Mayors and Councils across BC located in Area 1 of BC – the high radon risk region of the province. Leaders were asked to support the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware campaign by adopting and implementing various simple, and low-cost initiatives. The response was exciting, with a full list of actions being implemented by communities to increase awareness

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Vernon Native Housing Society put tenant health first

Native Housing Society Takes Action on Radon

James Verheul has a strong interest in radon gas. He works with the Vernon Native Housing Society and is responsible for general maintenance of the various buildings that provide housing to low-income families and individuals of both aboriginal and non-aboriginal descent within the Vernon area. The Vernon Native Housing Society is located in Area 1 of the Province of BC – the region known to be at an increased risk for high levels of indoor radon gas. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and responsible for as many as 3,200 cancer deaths each year in Canada.

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5 tips to protect yourself against the flu

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Stay healthy and prevent the spread of influenza by taking the following steps: Ensure you and your family gets an annual flu shot. Wash your hands properly, and often. Twenty seconds of hand washing with warm water and soap helps remove bacteria and viruses. Cover up when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, raise your arm up to your face to cough or sneeze into your sleeve. If you use a tissue, dispose of it and wash your hands immediately. Keep shared surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and telephones clean as bacteria can live up to

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FOCUS. BREATHE. PLAY HARD. – A Learning Opportunity and Experience!

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We are 4th year nursing students from the University of Saskatchewan who began a community health rotation at The Lung Association in September.  From the first day we were welcomed with open arms and their inter-professional staff provided us with multiple learning opportunities. Our main project was the Focus. Breathe. Play Hard. Lung Health Challenge  which was done in partnership with The Saskatoon Blades and The Regina Pats.  We were busy and worked like Santa’s Little Elves for the past three months to complete our assignments. Our days at The Lung Association were filled with emails, drafting, editing, finalizing, organizing,

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Warm and safe for winter!

Thanks you Nate

Meet Nate Sereda, an enthusiastic Certified Energy Advisor based in the Kootenays that recently completed his Radon Mitigation Certification and applied to the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware incentive program. Now that Nate is certified he will be putting his radon training to good use in his own community; raising awareness of the serious lung cancer risk posed by radon, and the simple actions people can take to test and mitigate. And just in time, as winter is the best time to test for radon. RadonAware sat down with Nate to ask him a few questions about radon and his plans

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5 minutes with Dr. Don Sin

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What is the focus of your research? My research interests include finding new solutions to reduce the growing burden of COPD and new therapies to treat COPD-related co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease. COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death in Canada and the number-one cause of hospital admissions.  On average, patients remain in hospital for 10 days at a cost of $10,000 per patient, with the total amount cost of such hospitalizations estimated to be more than $2 billion. And yet, despite being one of the most common lung diseases, COPD frequently remains undetected due to inadequate diagnostic tools. Part

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5 minutes with Drs. Michael Brauer and Sarah Henderson

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Why do research on the AirCare program? Vehicle emissions monitoring programs, such as AirCare, have been introduced in many parts of the world, but there have not been any studies describing how they impact public health. However, many studies have shown that life expectancy is shorter in cities with more air pollution, and there are more deaths on days when air pollution levels are high. It follows that programs like AirCare have the potential to prolong lives by reducing both the long-term and short-term air pollution exposures of people who live within the affected areas. What impact did AirCare have

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Red hair, red scooter, a real attitude, and COPD. Meet Trish Verrier.

Trish Verrier COPD

Yesterday I met a remarkable person while visiting the COPD clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Meet Trish Verrier. To see this vibrant 65 year old with hair as red as her scooter and a smile that lights up the room, one doesn’t detect any signs of the sadness or pain she’s endured. Nor does one hear many complaints – which says a lot considering her very serious, and sometimes scary, lung condition. I had to learn more. Trish grew up in Thunder Bay, where she had suffered neglect and abuse at the hands of her father, leaving no

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COPD support team gives as good as they get

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“I feel pretty lucky. I get to meet the most amazing people,” said respiratory nurse Beth Hutchins. Beth is one member of the St. Paul’s Hospital COPD Outreach Team, a pilot program aimed at helping COPD patients remain healthy and well at home or in their communities. “Many of our patients are living alone, without family around.  They’re vulnerable, even more so just after they’ve suffered a lung attack (an acute flare-up of COPD symptoms). So the sooner we can put home support in place, the better. Ideally this happens soon after they are released from the hospital.” The program

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The top five questions (and answers) from The Lung Association’s Lung Health Helpline

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I’ve just been diagnosed with COPD. What does that mean? COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is largely caused by smoking, but it can also be caused by second-hand smoke, toxins in the environment that you breathe in, and genetics. COPD develops over time. In most cases, it is diagnosed in people over 40 years of age. Someone with COPD may not realize they are becoming more short of breath until it becomes very hard to do simple tasks like walking up stairs. When you have COPD, your lungs are obstructed or blocked, making

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