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Asthma

Should We Ban Smoking in Cars with Children?

The town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia grabbed headlines last fall when it banned smoking in cars that are carrying children under the age of 18. Today, many Canadians are talking about this burning issue, and The Lung Association has launched a campaign to lobby for smoke-free family cars in every province and territory. To date, […]

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Is Tylenol Safe for Infants and Babies?

A study of more than 200,000 children around the world has left many parents of babies skittish about using fever-reducing drugs, such as Tempra and Tylenol. The study, released in late September, concludes that infants given acetaminophen may be at risk for developing asthma later in childhood. However, a leading Canadian pediatric allergist says acetaminophen […]

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Asthma and the Common Cold

University of Calgary scientists probing the common cold and its effect on asthma have made some important discoveries. Recent research led by David Proud, a professor in the faculty of medicine, is the first to look at how every single gene in our bodies responds when infected with a cold virus, the most common of […]

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Cold Air, Exercise and Asthma

In winter, the pollen allergic breathe sighs of relief. Not so those who have asthma triggered by cold air, exercise or indoor allergens. But winter need not be a cruel season for the lungs. How cold air affects asthma A winter wind whips your face. What do you do? Probably squint and tear up because […]

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The Effects of Third-Hand Smoke

Third-hand smoke is a new name for an old problem: smoke particles that linger on hair, skin, clothes, furniture, carpet and toys, long after the smoker has butted out. Third-hand smoke contains the same toxic chemicals – such as lead and arsenic – as second-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke can harm infants and babies Even if […]

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Kids with Asthma Can Play Sports

Forget the stereotype of the wheezy, wimpy kid puffing on an inhaler. Young athletes prove that you can be a winner in sports – even with asthma. Since being diagnosed with asthma when he was 4 years old, Brett Favaro has suffered pneumonia and bronchitis, asthma attacks, and been to numerous doctors. Now 22, he […]

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Asthma: Why It Needs a Green Revolution

Can we make our cities breathable? It’s a good time to ask now that air pollution – the kind that heats up the planet – has shot to the top of the public agenda. This is a high-level green revolution, focused on the stratosphere. People are trying to slow global warming by going on low-carbon-dioxide […]

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