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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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Born With Asthma

I was pretty much born with asthma and allergies. And back then they weren’t even “in style” like they are now. As a young child I had eczema (itchy skin), food allergies, asthma and rhinitis (congestion in the nose). Sometimes they call this the “allergic march”. You start with eczema then food allergies get added, and so on. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I had a severe life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. I put a candy in my mouth and immediately felt that typical allergy reaction anyone with numerous food allergies knows all too well. I didn’t even

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Breathtaking beauty helps others breathe easier

Win a glimpse of nature that will take your breath away!  Sweeping landscapes, floral studies and the majesty of our wild neighbours captured by true local artists. The Lung Association has 13 beautifully framed pieces donated by their creators to help raise money for our 2013 ArtWorks for Lung Health campaign. Three local artists have contributed their work to this campaign. Cindy Barratt of Stony Plain offered a 1 of 1 limited edition print Sunny Alberta– Roses #12 from her series exploring Alberta’s iconic wild rose. Elaine Funnell from Spruce Grove brings indoors one of the first harbingers of spring with

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