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Asthma Triggers

Avoiding the Triggers of Your Asthma It is important to know what triggers your asthma, so that you can avoid that trigger as much as possible. The following are some potential triggers, and advice on how to avoid them. Pet dander If animal dander, for example, from a cat or dog, triggers your asthma, experts […]

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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 sheepdog can live with a poodle without ever cracking a tissue box. Others find that regularly bathing […]

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Asthma and Smog: Does Air Pollution Cause Asthma?

Air pollution irritates this lung condition. But could smog cause asthma?

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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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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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Action Urged on Flying Pets

Following the decision by Air Canada to join WestJet in allowing pets to travel in airplane cabins, The Lung Association has launched an online campaign calling on federal politicians to protect the health and safety of airline passengers and crew who may suffer from severe allergies to pet dander or have asthma or chronic obstructive […]

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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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Cats on the Plane on Air Canada and Westjet

Sean Callahan had just checked in at a WestJet counter for a 3.5-hour flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Toronto, when he turned to see a young woman behind him, carrying a cat carrier. Callahan, whose severe allergy to cat dander triggers his asthma, was shocked to learn that she and her feline friend were […]

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