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Avoid Back-to-School Flare-ups

By Marketa Stastna on 2017-08-29

Help your kids avoid the September spike in asthma symptoms

As summer winds down, many parents start gearing up for the school year. That usually means buying school supplies and longer pants. But for parents of children with asthma, getting ready for school should also include taking steps to protect their kids from the “September Spike” – the sharp rise in kids’ asthma symptoms that happens soon after school begins.

What is to blame for the September Spike in asthma symptoms?

Meet the Lung Health Expert: Dr. Darryl Adamko

By Admin on 2017-08-22

Dr. Darryl Adamko is one of two Saskatchewan-based pediatric respirologists (children’s lung doctors) – with a special connection to The Lung Association. As a medical student, Dr. Adamko helped look after the children’s medical needs at our summer asthma camp.

As a medical student, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp.  Tell us what camp was like for you.

Asthma never takes a holiday

By Marketa Stastna on 2017-08-10

It’s that time of year that everyone anticipates: weekend getaways to the cottage, playing outdoors all day long and fun family trips. But, if your child suffers from asthma, keeping it under control during the summer months is necessary to ensure he or she has an active and safe school break. Plan ahead and take precautions to reduce their risks. Because asthma doesn’t take a holiday, managing it while away is just as important as it is when at home.

Here are some tips from The Lung Association to help your child take control of their breathing.

Surviving Summer Smog

By Marketa Stastna on 2017-07-20

Spending time outdoors during the hot summer months is a given, but for those who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases, air pollution can make it harder to breathe.

Air pollution, a mix of particles and gases like ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, can negatively affect your health and breathing. Some of the effects are minor, while others can be more severe.

Short term health effects include an increase in:

Meet some of the volunteers we’ve counted on for years!

By Carlynn Ferguson-King on 2017-04-27

Our volunteers provide critical support that help us to carry out our mission of promoting lung health and managing and preventing lung disease. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them. We are particularly lucky to have a stable core of devoted in-house volunteers, some of whom have been with us for more than 20 years. Meet Mina, our staff volunteer coordinator as well as a few of our cherished volunteers, Sing, Jean and Nida.

Becoming Air Aware – How Canada’s AQHI Can Help You

The Air Quality Health Index or “AQHI” is a scale designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health. It’s a health protection tool designed to help you make decisions to protect your health by limiting short-term exposure to air pollution and adjusting your activity levels during increased levels of air pollution – and it’s particularly important for those whose health is at most risk from air pollution.

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