The Lung Blog

Spending time outdoors during the hot summer months is a given, but for those who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases, air pollution can make it harder to breathe.

Organ and tissue donation have become a large part of Laura and Daniel’s life. Diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder at the age of 12, Daniel has struggled with health crises for most of his life. In 2013, he received a bone-marrow transplant at the Health Sciences Centre. Due to complications from that, he received a lung transplant in Edmonton in February of this year.

Dave Wardell shares his story about COPD.

The Lung Association is encouraged by the federal government’s announcement to ban asbestos – a substance that can be a contributing factor to severe lung disease. The Lung Association has been calling for the Government of Canada to adopt a comprehensive strategy on the asbestos issue, including the ban. To continue reading, click here.

In the most recent issue of McLean’s magazine, there were stories about lung health and the Lung Association. You can read those stories by clicking here.

Asthma still makes daily life difficult for some Canadians. Ninety per cent of surveyed Canadians with asthma admit to symptoms and situations that show their condition is not being well-controlled. In direct contrast, the same number of people perceive their asthma to be well-controlled, according to results from a new report released today by the Canadian Lung Association – Asthma Control in Canada™ Survey.

“Canada is at a crossroads when it comes to understanding and managing lung health,” says Debra Lynkowski, CEO of The Lung Association. “With over 300 Canadians diagnosed with asthma every day, the Lung Association commissioned this national survey to tell us what the state of asthma control is in Canada.”

The purpose of asthma management is to achieve total asthma control, which falls under two domains: current control which reflects day-to-day symptoms, and future risk, which consists of asthma flare-ups that can result in irreversible decrease in lung function.

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"We are blessed and grateful to Dr. Keijzer and to the Manitoba Lung Association and its donors for supporting research into Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)," says Holly Hamm, a mother from Winkler, Manitoba.

It was clear that Kara would be born with serious complications, like pulmonary hypertension, and would need ventilators to breathe, as well as surgery to close the hole in her diaphragm.

Dr. Keijzer performed the surgery when Kara was only one week old, using a prosthetic patch to close the hole. And, they moved Kara's displaced organs to their proper places.

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