Forest Fires and Lung Health

By Amy Henderson on 2014-07-08

Forest fires are often a concern in Canada, especially during dry, hot summers. People all over Canada may be affected by the smoke from forest fires. The Canadian Lung Association urges those with lung disease such as asthma and COPD to monitor their breathing and avoid exposure to smoke. If breathing problems develop, refer to your action plan or call your health-care provider.

What type of health effects can be caused by forest fire smoke?

For someone without lung problems, wood smoke can:

Beyond the Rain

By Admin on 2013-06-26

Mould is a trigger for asthma and asthma-related symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. When you are exposed to mould, the smooth muscle that wraps around the airways tightens. Mould also causes inflammation and increased production of phlegm, headaches and fatigue, and allergic reactions.

Sleep Apnea in People Age 65 & Older

By Jaimie Peters on 2013-05-08

Poor sleep is NOT a consequence of aging.  Sleep disorders go untreated because not enough doctors ask about sleep and people figure it’s because they are ‘getting old’.  According to a StatsCan 2008 Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care among people age 65 and older, 73% live with a chronic disease: 32% of those have one chronic disease, 24% have two and 17% have three or more.  Unfortunately, this survey did not include questions about sleep or sleep apnea.  If sleep apnea had been included, the number of people with chronic diseases would have been higher, but the numbe