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Yearly Archives: 2017

Do you have a cold, flu or pneumonia?

Our ability to breathe is often taken for granted until it’s compromised. When wintertime illnesses take the air out of your lungs, it helps to know what you have so you can treat it accordingly. While your healthcare provider is the best source of information for your specific disease, here is a cheat sheet from The Lung Association to help you sort through the symptoms and get back to breathing. Common cold. This is the most common respiratory illness and the least severe one. The common cold is contagious and since it’s caused by a virus, no antibiotic will treat

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Does the freeze make you wheeze?

Winter asthma tips Cold winter air can irritate anyone’s lungs. But, if you have a lung condition such as asthma, the winter air may affect you even more. Cold air can cause the airways in your lungs to tighten up, making it more difficult to breathe. Keeping your asthma under control can help to reduce your risks and help you stay active this winter. Exercise has many benefits for your lungs, your general health and for your mood. Stay active this winter Tips to help you stay active in cold air: • Wear a scarf or cold-weather mask around your

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ALS Disease Clinic: The Need for Respiratory Care

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Monitoring and supporting respiratory function is a critical aspect of ALS care. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), is a progressive nervous system (neurological) disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. As the disease progresses, most patients experience shortness of breath and respiratory insufficiency at night. Inability to clear secretions can lead to discomfort and increased susceptibility to lung infections. The addition of respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and respirology has been an essential part of this newly formed team. During clinic visits all patients receive respiratory testing which determines the nature and extent of breathing dysfunction. The last year has seen tremendous

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Five steps ANYONE can take to protect the breath of older Canadians

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Not only is it the start of Canada’s peak flu season, October 1st also marks the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons – a day about recognizing, enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities, and society at large.  At The Lung Association, we believe that protecting the breath of older Canadians is imperative to achieving this goal. Let’s start with flu prevention. Consider this: Despite only being 15% of Canada’s population1, adults 65+ accounted for 70% of hospitalizations and 91% of deaths due to influenza2 during the 2014/15 flu season. That’s more than 3,000 older Canadians

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Avoid Back-to-School Flare-ups

Help your kids avoid the September spike in asthma symptoms 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? When kids go back to school, they are suddenly at close quarters with many kids – and with the

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Meet the Lung Health Expert: Dr. Darryl Adamko

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Dr. Darryl Adamko is one of two Saskatchewan-based pediatric respirologists (children’s lung doctors) – with a special connection to The Lung Association. As a medical student, Dr. Adamko helped look after the children’s medical needs at our summer asthma camp. As a medical student, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp.  Tell us what camp was like for you. It was a great experience.  Great fun entertaining the kids and making sure they were safe at camp.  As a student, it was a bit stressful worrying about their health but it was a good learning experience for me seeing how the kids

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Don’t let asthma put your child on the sideline

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With summertime being full of activity, The Lung Association wants to ensure that the one in five children with asthma keep it under control so they can stay active. If asthma is putting your child on the sideline that is a signal their asthma is not under control. Check your child’s asthma control with these simple questions. Does the child: Have to use a reliever puffer (usually a blue puffer) more than three times a week? Have asthma symptoms more than three times a week? Ever have problems with exercise or sports because of asthma? Wake up one or more

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Asthma never takes a holiday

It’s that time of year that everyone anticipates: weekend getaways to the cottage, playing outdoors all day long and fun family trips. But, if your child suffers from asthma, keeping it under control during the summer months is necessary to ensure he or she has an active and safe school break. Plan ahead and take precautions to reduce their risks. Because asthma doesn’t take a holiday, managing it while away is just as important as it is when at home. Here are some tips from The Lung Association to help your child take control of their breathing. Beware of summer

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Surviving Summer Smog

Spending time outdoors during the hot summer months is a given, but for those who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases, air pollution can make it harder to breathe. Air pollution, a mix of particles and gases like ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, can negatively affect your health and breathing. Some of the effects are minor, while others can be more severe. Short term health effects include an increase in: asthma symptoms emergency department visits lung infections Long term health effects include: Increased risk of asthma Increased risk of pneumonia Reduced lung function in children Larger cities tend

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Dr. Veronica Marcoux, Asthma Camper → Lung Doctor

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As a child, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp.  Tell us what camp was like for you and your experience with asthma. I really enjoyed the time that I spent at the asthma camp! It was a great location right on Diefenbaker Lake, and swimming every day was the highlight, especially on windy days that made for some big waves. There were always a ton of activities planned, and the counsellors were also a blast to be around. When I first started attending I’m fairly sure my asthma was not well controlled, and it was nice to have a

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