From the Lab: How The Canadian Lung Association helped me become the researcher and scientist I strive to be

Growing up in a farming family in a small village in Northeast Iran taught me from an early age the value of hard work, problem solving from a big-picture perspective, to take initiative and leaving things better than how I found them. Developing new lung cancer therapies is my version of saving the world. Though there have been frustrations and disappointments along the way, I know the countless hours spent in the lab are making a net positive change in this world.

Why hospice is nothing to fear

By Marketa Stastna on 2020-01-22

End of life is a difficult topic to discuss among many cultures within Canada.

It is a taboo subject that is often avoided for fear of the unknown. Palliative care – and/or hospice care – is something that can strike fear into the hearts of loved ones. It can feel too final to comprehend. It is with mixed emotions that caregivers agree to move their loved one to a hospice care facility. 

Radon: Test now and breathe easy

By Barb McKinnon on 2019-01-11

November is Radon Action Month, which means you may hear about this silent killer more than usual in the coming days.

Many people have heard of the gas but it is still hiding in the shadows. Given that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer (first is tobacco), we think that more needs to be known about what it is and how to prevent it.

A look back in history

Meet Dr. Mehtar: A Pediatrician who is helping children with asthma one breath at a time

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic (life-long) disease that makes your lungs very sensitive and makes it hard to breathe. Asthma can’t be cured, but with proper treatment, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.

Why is it important for a child’s asthma to be managed?

Asthma is the most common lung disease in children and one of the leading causes of school absences. Without access to diagnostic testing and treatment to manage the disease, asthma can reduce a child’s quality of life and can also be life-threatening.

Vapour Products: A Guide For Parents

By Yalda Yavari on 2019-01-21

There is an increasing trend in the use of vapour products among youth. Vaping is becoming more prominent among this demographic due to a wide range of convenient devices, appealing flavours and loosely regulated marketing.  The 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey (CTADS) indicated that 23 per cent of Canadian youth, aged 15-19 years old, have tried e-cigarettes (vaping products). The tempting flavours and social media influence, along with perceived trendiness often lands vaping products in the hands of teenagers and young Canadians.

Guest post by Dawn Dawson: A mom who knows too well that every breath matters

By Dawn Dawson on 2012-07-12

My name is Dawn Dawson and my son Zachary Dawson had asthma.  He was diagnosed and hospitalized in Calgary at the childrens hospital at age 16 months.  He had suffered since birth with coughing, a lot of puking of the ‘stuff’ from his lungs.  Once he was diagnosed, we were able to provide a better quality of life for Zachary.  We moved back to Saskatoon when Zachary was 2 years old.