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Love at first breath

May 11, 2016 •

Every May, we take a moment to appreciate the mothers in our lives. One of the first miracles of motherhood begins even before the baby is born. Let’s think of everything that is programmed to happen as the baby takes her first breath.The lungs of a fetus are at the ready, but benched for action during pregnancy. So, the puzzle is: how does a fetus get oxygen while bypassing its lungs?First, let’s


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

May 3, 2016 •

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


Respecting tobacco: ceremonial vs. commercial tobacco use?

April 16, 2016 •

Ceremonial tobacco vs commercial tobacco. Is there a difference? Yes, a big difference. Tobacco has been used traditionally by most Aboriginal cultures for thousands of years. First Nations and Métis use tobacco for ceremony, healing and giving thanks, while commercial cigarettes serve an entirely different purpose. In fact they’ve been designed to be highly addictive and will make you sick


My Experience With Lung Cancer – Epilogue

March 23, 2016 •

On March 17, 2016, 26 months after receiving her diagnosis of lung cancer, Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum passed away. The courage with which she struggled against lung cancer is evident from the six instalments of her blog.The Lung Association was truly blessed to have a friend such as Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum.From 1999 to 2006, Terry-Nan was the Medical Director of a project to develop a TB control


5 tips to protect yourself against the flu

December 8, 2015 •

Stay healthy and prevent the spread of influenza by taking the following steps:Ensure you and your family gets an annual flu shot.Wash your hands properly, and often. Twenty seconds of hand washing with warm water and soap helps remove bacteria and viruses.Cover up when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, raise your arm up to your face to cough or sneeze into your sleeve. If you use


5 minutes with Dr. Don Sin

November 27, 2015 •

What is the focus of your research?My research interests include finding new solutions to reduce the growing burden of COPD and new therapies to treat COPD-related co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease.COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death in Canada and the number-one cause of hospital admissions. On average, patients remain in hospital for 10 days at a cost of $10,000 per patient


Red hair, red scooter, a real attitude, and COPD. Meet Trish Verrier.

November 18, 2015 •

Yesterday I met a remarkable person while visiting the COPD clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Meet Trish Verrier.To see this vibrant 65 year old with hair as red as her scooter and a smile that lights up the room, one doesn’t detect any signs of the sadness or pain she’s endured. Nor does one hear many complaints – which says a lot considering her very serious, and sometimes scary, lung


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The top five questions (and answers) from The Lung Association’s Lung Health Helpline

November 18, 2015 •

1. I’ve just been diagnosed with COPD. What does that mean?COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is largely caused by smoking, but it can also be caused by second-hand smoke, toxins in the environment that you breathe in, and genetics.COPD develops over time. In most cases, it is diagnosed in people over 40 years of age. Someone with COPD may


5 minutes with Dr. Jeremy Hirota

November 17, 2015 •

What’s the focus of your research?I study the relationship between the air we breathe and how this may impact airway diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis.Every day, we breathe more than 10,000 litres of air into our lungs just to survive. A variety of substances in the air can irritate the airways leading to coughing, wheezing, mucus production, and


5 minutes with Dr. Mark FitzGerald

November 13, 2015 •

A champion of health literacyMany people have difficulty understanding and acting upon health information. This “low health literacy” has been linked to poorer management of chronic conditions, less use of preventive services, increased preventable hospitalizations, and worse overall health.Lung health community leader Dr. Mark FitzGerald is passionate about health literacy and is determined to