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Dr. Frank Scott receives prestigious Founders Award

Dr. Frank Scott receives the 2015 Founders Award from Karen Davis, Treasurer, Canadian Lung Association

It is our pleasure to report that the 2015 Canadian Lung Association Founders Award was presented to Dr. Frank Scott of Saskatoon. The CLA Founders Award honours individuals who have devoted themselves to the affairs of The Lung Association and to the cause of respiratory health. The award recognizes exemplary innovation or commitment towards lung health. The award is given to an individual who is actively involved in the promotion of lung health and the prevention of lung disease in a health professional role. Dr. Frank Scott is the longest-serving volunteer Board member in the history of the Lung Association

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Update on Flavoured Tobacco Products in Saskatchewan


There is growing concern over the consistency of youth tobacco use rates over the past few years across Canada. In Saskatchewan, this trend is particularly troubling, as tobacco use rates in the province are consistently greater than the national average. A popular hypothesis is that the availability of flavoured products is to blame. Multiple studies have investigated the effects of adding flavoured additives to conventional tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigarillos, and cigars, as well as smokeless tobacco products. It has been consistently demonstrated that flavours can make tobacco products more palatable, by providing a more pleasant sensory experience for

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Take Action on Asthma

Asthma, common yet serious. Do you know a child with asthma?  Chances are you do.  As many as 1 in five Canadian children have asthma.  It is a disease that is common, but all too often the seriousness of the disease is not realized.  Asthma is the leading cause of hospital admissions among children and also one of the leading causes of school absences. Unfortunately asthma can also be deadly. 235 Canadians died from asthma in 2011 (1). Mike and Sheri (Lung Association of Saskatchewan Asthma Ambassadors) tragically lost their wonderful son, Emerson, in December 2013 at the age of

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My Experience With Lung Cancer – Part 6: When things are hard

[See previous blogs – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5] March 6, 2015: The last month has been the hardest so far. The cancer progressed despite the new treatment, and that led to a fracture of my spine with back pain that kept me in bed for weeks. I had surgery to stabilize the back two weeks ago and finally feel that I am starting to get some strength and mobility back. And I will be starting a new chemotherapy today. It has been almost impossible to keep up any kind of morale, but again it

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Spring Forward (Daylight Savings Time)


Officially, daylight savings time begins this year on Sunday, March 8 at 2 am when clocks in most of Canada are moved forward by one hour. The phrase ‘spring forward, fall back’ reminds us which way the clocks turn. People in Saskatchewan do not change their clocks. Our ‘snowbird’ citizens who have escaped winter by travelling to Arizona and Hawaii also do not need to change their clocks. This is a good time to think about the importance of sleep and be aware of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. If you are one of the many Canadians suffering from

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Today is National Flag Day


On February 15, 1965, Canadians flew the Maple Leaf Flag for the first time. In 1965: The Beatles had 5 number one hits Bonanza was the top TV show The smoking rate was 50% Men could expect to live to the age of 67 Women could expect to live to the age of 74 A lot has changed: Beyoncé and Jay Z are the top song artists The Walking Dead is the top TV show The smoking rate is now slightly less than 20% Men can expect to live to the age of 78 Women can expect to live to

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Cold and Flu Season

Woman Blowing Nose

If it seems like everyone around you is sick, you could be right. According to the latest Public Health Agency FluWatch report, we are reaching the peak of the flu season. Best advice: stay home when you are sick, wash your hands frequently, cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow, and stay well rested. For those with COPD or asthma, call your health care provider, certified respiratory educator, or use your action plan if your condition seems to be worsening.

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Improving care for people living with COPD

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement supports healthcare partnerships to find innovative ways of improving patient care. This collaborative approach is a great example of how health system leaders can work together in ways that will lead to better care for Canadians struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nineteen teams from healthcare organizations in all 10 provinces are participating in projects to improve care for people living with COPD and support their caregivers. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., pledged $1 million to support the teams. One of the teams that is

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My Experience With Lung Cancer – Part 5: Lung Cancer Awareness

[See previous blogs – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4] I haven’t written a blog since the summer.  I am not sure why – I think it is because I wasn’t sure what else I could say that would be helpful or interesting. The summer was difficult. I had several complications from the cancer – phlebitis, pneumonia, pneumonitis – and they all took a long time to resolve. But the most difficult event was learning at the end of July that the cancer was continuing to spread despite the drug I was on.  Since then I have

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SHRF Partnership

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is offering a pilot funding program developed to encourage collaborative groups of health researchers to launch new ideas, develop new research questions, and explore unique solutions to health issues relevant to Saskatchewan. Funding is available for short-term research development projects of up to one year. This funding is intended to provide support for collaborative health research in its initial stages that will strengthen an application for funding to an entity other than SHRF within one year following the grant term. Researchers are encouraged to work with knowledge user co-applicants and collaborators where appropriate. SHRF

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