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Asthma

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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H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Asthma

Just before the arrival of the second wave of H1N1 (swine flu), The Canadian Lung Association convened an expert panel to offer advice to the public, including specific suggestions for those with asthma. The main message from the four doctors on the panel was clear: do everything you can to make sure your asthma is under […]

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Asthma and Smog: Does Air Pollution Cause Asthma?

Air pollution irritates this lung condition. But could smog cause asthma? In June of 2005, the smog hanging over downtown Toronto was so thick you couldn’t see the CN Tower from the mid-town restaurant where Sara La Rocque was waiting tables at an outdoor patio. That was when Sara, a 21-year-old creative writing student, quit […]

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Running on Empty: The Crisis in Asthma Control

Asthmatics are living half lives, shunning exercise, medications and coughing their way through the night. It doesn’t have to be this way. Adrienne Smith has been battling with her asthma since she was diagnosed at the age of 13. For Smith, high school gym class was particulary difficult: she would often get a crushing feeling […]

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Beware the Asthma Spike

Much work is being done to educate North Americans about controlling asthma, and hospital admissions are down. But what remains consistently unimproved is the so-called asthma spike – the day on which many parents will show up at the hospital with school-age children in the throes of asthma attacks. Using data accumulated since 1990, scientists […]

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