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Guest Post from Marilyn Reddy: Celebrating 32 Years of Volunteering


My name is Marilyn Reddy and I have just retired after serving 32 years as a volunteer board member with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan.   Working with this amazing organization brought me much pleasure and pride as I witnessed an organization that truly cared and worked tirelessly to  help people have healthy lungs.  Many programs and services were developed over the years that helped meet that goal. My initial contact was with the former Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League in 1977 when I was a start up Occupational Health Nurse with the former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.   Grain dust in the elevators at

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Guest post from Dr. Josh Lawson: New Research on Asthma Rates in Saskatchewan


Asthma is one of the most common childhood diseases.  Past research has shown that the number of children with asthma was typically lower in rural areas compared to urban.  However, some rural factors (i.e. exposure to farm animals) that were thought to protect children from asthma, may actually result in worse health outcomes if a child does develop asthma.  The reasons for these differences are unknown, but certain environmental exposures may play a role, along with how the disease is diagnosed and reported.  It is important to identify reasons for these differences in asthma rates to understand why some children

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Guest post from Nicole Nelson: Let’s talk organ donation.

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Hello, my name is Nicole and I have familial pulmonary fibrosis.  As of day one of my diagnosis, I knew that a lung transplant was going to be my only treatment option.  My shortness of breath was manageable until the summer of 2013 when I had to be put on oxygen therapy to keep my oxygen saturation levels in their normal range.  My respirologist then started  the process of getting me on the transplant list.  In January 2014, I was fortunate to go to Edmonton for the transplant team’s 6 week program.  There we did physiotherapy Monday to Friday, met

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Spring and the Pollen Season are Just Around the Corner

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The forecast may call for cold nights and snowy days, but have faith; spring is almost here.  Along with the warm sun and melting snow comes the start of allergy season. Tree pollen season varies from year to year depending on the weather, but it can start long before you shed that winter coat. The poplar, cottonwood and aspen pollen season starts from late March to the third week of April. Elm pollen is present from the second week in April and end in late May. For a list of other pollens: read more. If you suffer from allergies and

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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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Asthma Research at the University of Saskatchewan

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Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have been studying diagnostic methods and new treatments for asthma, particularly allergic asthma, for more than 25 years.  Don Cockcroft, MD and myself, Beth Davis, PhD carry out clinical trials testing novel therapies for the treatment of asthma as part of a collaborative with 5 other research centers across Canada as well as one additional center in Sweden.  This group, the Clinical Investigator Collaborative, part of the AllerGen NCE Network, will be entering its ninth year of performing Industry driven clinical trials using their expertise in bronchoprovocation methods to study new molecules being developed

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COPD and Sleep Apnea: Overlap Syndrome


COPD  (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and sleep apnea are common conditions affecting many Canadians.  COPD does not cause sleep apnea, nor does sleep apnea cause COPD, but the combination of the two is called Overlap Syndrome.  Unfortunately, each condition can make the symptoms of the other worse.  For example, the drops in oxygen levels that occur with sleep apnea are lower and longer when combined with COPD.  People with COPD and sleep apnea have more frequent exacerbations (flare-ups) that can lead to hospitalization. If you have sleep apnea and have smoked, take the lung health test to see if you

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Working to FREEZE THE FLAVOURS! Youth working together to put an end to flavoured tobacco.

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NOW FREEZING FLAVOURS!  The Youth Stream Pre-Conference of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health is just ending and our youth ambassadors Brooke & Aiden were there taking part.  Brooke & Aiden also got to take part in the Freeze the Industry campaign to put a freeze on big tobacco in a march to Parliament Hill.  They also learned advocacy skills and about savvy ways tobacco industries use to target youth. The day after the march, Alberta became the first province to ban flavoured tobacco on November 26.  Congratulations to Alberta, now let’s Freeze the Industry in SK!  We’ve

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