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Respiratory Medicine in the News
Editorial content written by Dr. Alan Kaplan, chair of the Respiratory Medicine SIFP Committee.
Schools now required to let children carry their own inhalers
Editor’s note: Finally, some common sense. What a shame that it took a 12 year old boy to die for schools to change antiquated policies. But remember, the management of asthma includes the use of a controller at home, not just the rescue at school. Good control would make it less likely to need the rescue.
Germ-free environments contributing to increase of allergies, UBC study finds
Some evidence behind the 'Hygiene Hypothesis' that we need to expose our immune system (Th1) or what gets turned on is the Th2 allergic system instead. Overuse of antibiotics and even paracetamol has been postulated to cause asthma. The other issue is air quality, and brings up the issue if schools should be close to major highways...likely not! Also, if you are unaware, the Air Quality Health Index for your location can be found at www.airhealth.ca
Quebec tackles e-cigarettes on patios
Fantastic initiative that is in line with this author's personal view. Help patients quit smoking, but do not legitimize smoking as a behavior and restrict where e cig are allowed and not allow flavoured products either.
Ontario passes legislation to bans the sale of flavored tobacco products to combat smoking and obesity
Banning flavoured tobacco is one more way to decrease interest in smoking, especially the youth. I am not sure, however, how this will reduce obesity, but still applaud the new rules!
Canadian researcher examining link between gut bacteria and asthma
This is not ready for prime time information. There is no evidence that probiotics improve anything yet, or we have not found the correct one. That being said, however, that relationship between childhood asthma and antibiotics may be more relevant than we thought.
Twitter may help hospitals predicts spikes in asthma attacks
Editorial: Social media can now predict illness spikes! Pay attention for what will come next!
Lung cancer now top killer of women
Editorial: Primary prevention: Stop smoking. Screening: beginning (see previous articles). Treatment: new advances coming. Summary: More common, but more we can do about it.
Health Canada dispatching secret shoppers to test how willing stores are to sell electronic cigarettes to teens
Editorial: More fuel to our E cigarette debate (see upcoming article in the Canadian Family Physician). However, we all agree; these should not be sold to children!
Study: air pollution slows brain development in children
Editorial: Air pollution affects brain development and lung development. Use the Air Quality Health Initiative to check levels in your area. See your area at www.airhealth.ca.
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