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Asthma

Asthma Attacks Spike in September

Back-to-School Month is also the month with the most hospital visits for asthma attacks. Learn about the triggers that Septeber brings and learn how to avoid them.

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Exercise & Asthma

Asthma Triggered by Exercise

People often wonder how asthma will affect their life and in particular, their ability to exercise and play sports. But experts agree: with a combination of avoiding triggers and medication, people with asthma should be able to live active, healthy lives. In fact, it’s important that people with asthma do exercise, as this helps them […]

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Asthma Devices and How They Work

Most of the commonly used asthma medications are inhalers. These devices deliver medications right to the lungs, allowing them to work only where they are needed. Tips for Using Inhalers 1. Using inhalers correctly ensures maximum benefit of the medication. To check if you are using your inhaler correctly, demonstrate your technique in front of […]

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Understanding Asthma Medications

Jolanta Piszczek is a pharmacist and Certified Asthma Educator (CAE). Asthma medications are commonly divided into two groups: the “relievers” and the “controllers”. Many people will use both –“controllers” to prevent asthma symptoms from occurring and “relievers” to treat occasional asthma symptoms. These drugs can come in a variety of forms. (See Devices section for […]

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Breath of Wellness

Strategy 1: Lose Weight Researchers have dug deep into the link between asthma and obesity, but have yet to determine exactly how the two conditions interact, and whether one causes the other. However, it has been shown that shedding some pounds can result in fewer asthma symptoms. In obese asthmatics (defined as having a body […]

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Schools that Breathe

For too long, students with asthma and allergies have suffered with
symptoms in dusty, moldy, chemical-smelling classrooms. But now some
schools are wiping the slate clean – with a healthy approach to air.

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Asthmatics Living with Daily Flare-ups

Study finds one-third of asthmatics experiencing serious symptoms The Asthma Society of Canada has released a study that shows a startling number of asthmatics settling for a diminished quality of life because of poor management of their disease. One-third of the 1,000 adult asthmatics surveyed this past spring for “The Asthma Action Study” reported having […]

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Athletes with Asthma: Elite performers

How Olympian Susan Auch and other elite competitors have excelled. Susan Auch’s entry into sports started, like so many good Canadian stories do, with hockey. Auch’s older brother Derrick would take her out to play on the homemade rink behind their house. There, in the chill of the Winnipeg winter and gliding over bumpy frozen […]

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Scents and Your Rights at Work

During renovations, S.C. Johnson and Son gave a choice to its employees, some of whom have asthma and environmental allergies: they could work from home or transfer to a desk elsewhere within the Brantford, Ontario headquarters. The idea was to prevent susceptible staff from being exposed to the dust, paint fumes and other irritants that […]

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Pet Allergies

Pet Allergies: A Gander at Dander

The doctor’s advice sounds clear enough – if pets make you wheeze and sneeze, stay away. But anyone with animal allergies knows life isn’t always so simple. Some people whose eyes are aflame after five minutes near a collie can live with a poodle without ever cracking a tissue box. Others find that regularly bathing […]

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