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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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Lung health professional Jenna Jangalee shares personal allergy tips

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A lot of people struggle to get their allergies under control – including Vancouver Respiratory Therapist Jenna Jangalee who sat down to share a few tips with us. Do you find your allergies hard to control? I have allergies year-round, but they really act up in the spring when pollen is particularly high. I do my best to keep my allergies controlled, but even I occasionally struggle. What advice do you give patients? Allergy symptoms can make us feel like we’ve “lost the battle” against allergies, but there are always steps we can take to regain control. For myself, I

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Meet Volunteer Anne Kennedy Mitchell

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Anne is the volunteer president of our Lung Association Better Breathers support group in New Westminster (also known as the New Westminster Puffers’ Club). During the week, Anne manages a dental clinic. In her spare time, she finds it rewarding to be of help to others, like herself, who often feel isolated and alone in coping with a chronic breathing problem. Anne has struggled with respiratory illness all her life. “I was eleven years old when I was diagnosed with asthma. It became progressively worse over time and in 2008, I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” she

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How air pollution is messing with our genes

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Air pollution can make it hard to breathe. It also can increase someone’s blood pressure and heart rate. Those problems are well known. Now research, in part funded by the BC Lung Association, suggests breathing diesel fumes can trigger another toxic change. It can inappropriately turn some genes on, while turning others off. Just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can lead to fundamental health-related changes in biology by switching some genes on, while switching others off, according to researchers at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health. The study involved putting volunteers in a polycarbonate-enclosed booth — about the

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8 Back to School Tips for Managing your Child’s Asthma

Summer’s coming to an end, which means it’s back to school time! We want to remind parents and teachers of the annual peak in asthma flare-ups in the weeks after school starts. Hospitalizations for childhood asthma increase during the fall months as children go back to school, and asthma remains the leading cause of school absenteeism. Below are some tips to help your child with asthma be prepared for the new school year: 1. Visit your doctor before school starts and prepare an Asthma Action Plan for your child that should include medications (dose and expiry date), peak flow chart

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Season’s Sneezings : April showers bring May flowers

For most people, spring time is a time of the year when we shed winter coats and breathe in the long-forgotten smells of budding flowers and trees. But almost a quarter of Canadians suffers from allergies in the spring that make this time of the year difficult to enjoy. Jaimie Peters is a Registered Nurse and Certified Respiratory Educator with the Canadian Lung Association’s Helpline. She shares her tips on dealing with seasonal allergies. What causes springtime allergies? Most spring allergies are caused by pollens that are released from grass, trees, and flowers. Spring allergies cause hay fever, otherwise known as allergic

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Got milk; need answers: New research looks at breast milk in asthma prevention

Imagine a nutritional food source that gives your baby exactly what she needs, when she needs it. Breast milk is just that. It provides your baby with nutrients, helps fight off infections and changes as the baby’s needs change. And yet, it might have even more benefits than that. Dr. Meghan Azad is a Winnipeg-based researcher and a recipient of Canadian Respiratory Research Network ERLI award, who is committed to learning just what other super powers this nourishment holds. “We’re looking at how breast milk potentially protects babies from developing asthma,” she explains, adding “So far, we’re seeing early signs

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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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8 back to school tips for managing your child’s asthma

8 back to school tips for managing asthma

With a new school year starting, BC Lung Association wants to remind parents of the annual peak in asthma flare-ups in the weeks after school starts. Hospitalizations for childhood asthma increase during the fall months as children go back to school and are confined in classrooms where they can easily swap germs. Incidence of viral and respiratory infections rise during the fall season and these are powerful triggers for asthma symptoms. Below are some tips to help your child with asthma be prepared for the new school year: 1. Visit your doctor before school starts and prepare an Asthma Action Plan

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Forest fire smoke is hard on health – particularly those living with asthma

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The 2014 forest fire season was severe in western Canada. There was more than 360,000 hectares burned in BC and more than three million hectares burned in the Northwest Territories. These fires produce smoke that negatively affects air quality throughout the region. The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed the BC Asthma Monitoring System (BCAMS) to help provincial medical health officers to better understand the impacts of smoke in real time. This system uses information from the air quality monitoring network, satellites, and BlueSky smoke forecasting system to assess smoke exposure throughout the province. It displays these data along with information about the number of asthma-related physician visits and

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