WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK: Alberta researchers helping kids breathe easier


Asthma researchers create digital tool to help Alberta family docs

UToday: Asthma researchers develop electronic care guide for family docs, published March 23, 2016

Researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary designed a digital tool to help asthmatic children breathe easier.

A newly-designed treatment guide will be put directory into an asthmatic child’s electronic medical record with their family doctor — ensuring they receive the best care.

Twenty-two medical practices across Alberta will be using this tool as part of a three-year study to test its usefulness when it comes to managing childhood asthma care.

The University of Calgary says if the results are positive, a province wide rollout “is envisioned.”

Researchers expect this digital tool could help doctors prescribe the proper medication, along with guiding parents when it comes to filling and using the prescriptions properly.

Doctors will be given a tool called a decision-making tree into a child’s electronic medical record to help with their diagnosis, while their staff will be given better training to provide education on asthma treatments.

Click here to read more about the story. 

Federal government urged to build better strategy to ban asbestos

The Globe & Mail: Pressure mounts on Ottawa to join wide ban on asbestos, published March 27, 2016


More health organizations, nurse unions, and building trades councils are urging Canada’s government to come up with a plan to fully ban asbestos.

The Lung Association has determined that all forms of asbestos cause asbestosis, a progressive debilitating fibrotic disease of the lungs. The Lung Association has also determined that all forms of asbestos cause malignant mesothelioma, lung and laryngeal cancers. 

The best way to eliminate asbestos-related lung diseases is to stop its use. The mining and export of asbestos should be banned to protect everyone’s lung health.

Read more about this interesting story from the Globe & Mail.


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