With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we would like to celebrate one of our favourite couples. These are the left and right lung. They are not exactly the same, but they are vital complements to one another. These unassuming organs allow for our lives to be lived to the fullest. Sometimes, this power couple is challenged by the environment, chronic disease or addictions.
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.
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.
I have a rare form of a vasculitis called Churg-Strauss Syndrome (CSS). CSS typically involves the lungs and newly-developed or worsening asthma can be a symptom. CSS causes eosinophilic inflammation of the small to medium blood vessels and can affect any area of the body.
Elara was born on September 5th 2010, 10 weeks prematurely. Even though she was breathing on her own and doing well we were terrified. Things got even scarier when Elara suddenly went into cardiac arrest on September 8th.
My name is Danni Morhart, and I am a nursing student in my final year at the University of Saskatchewan. I wanted to write this blog to share with others because I have seen first-hand how devastating lung cancer is, as I lost both my mother and grandmother to the disease. Through my work at the Lung Association I have been able to access a great deal of credible information about lung cancer from experts who have worked and studied this terrible disease. This has fueled my passion for the prevention of lung cancer. I hope the information in this article is useful.
When Mike Irwin was 49 years old, he received shocking news that explained the difficulties he had breathing. His diagnosis of bronchiestasis in 2010 started a 5-year journey of lost breath, doctors’ visits and surgeries.
“I just kept getting sicker and sicker and it was a struggle to get through the day. And nothing seemed to work. I had more than one bronchoscopy,” Mike said. Two years after his diagnosis, Mike had his first procedure.
Hello! My name is Jacqui and I feel very privileged that you have taken the time to join me on my journey with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The legalization of cannabis has been permeating Canadian conversations for couple of years. Now, it seems that the future of legal cannabis is just around the corner. The main thing we know about cannabis is there are many questions that have yet to be answered. The Lung Association is working to ensure more research is done on the long term effects of cannabis.
Many of the harms can be associated with smoking cannabis as evidence suggests that frequent cannabis use can lead to chronic bronchitis later in life. The best thing to do if you want to use cannabis is not to smoke it.