Are you ‘powered by breathing?’ Tour continues across the province of Alberta

After touring a handful of communities and cities across the province, we have already heard from you, our supporters and patients, on what you would do if you could breathe better.

The following is a handful of those tweets!:

We have had a busy few months offering free breathing tests to hundreds of Albertans in communities — including Lethbridge, Camrose, and Fort McMurray. The tour is all part of The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT’s (“TLA”) Powered By Breathing campaign — sponsored by Nicorette and Nicoderm.

TLA was also in the small, central-Alberta town of Tofield this summer as dozens of volunteer firefighters helped raise money for important research and support programs offered by TLA.

Check out these tweets from those communities that we visited!:

The Powered By Breathing campaign is still far from over. TLA is still hoping to screen 75,000 Albertans this year for early diagnosis of lung illnesses — like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Early detection is important as doctors can use better treatments to reduce symptoms as well as preventing the illness from getting any worse. More Canadian women have died from COPD than breast cancer since 2009, according to figures from Statistics Canada. COPD is also the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

You can find TLA staff and volunteers at the Women’s Show in Edmonton Oct. 18 and 19 at the Edmonton Expo Centre or the Women’s Show in Calgary on Oct. 25 and 26 at BMO Centre in Stampede Park.

For residents in Lethbridge, you can also find us at the Alberta Sleep Forum at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre on Oct. 22.

Tell us what you would do if you could breathe better? Leave a comment below this post!

University of Calgary’s Dr. Mark Giembycz is ‘powered by breathing’


Important work is continuing in Dr. Mark Giembycz’s lab at the University of Calgary.

Giembycz is studying how drugs that are currently available — or potentially new drugs — can help treat asthma, an illness that is the leading cause of emergency room visits for children in Alberta and Canada.

He is also studying how those drugs will also benefit patients who are suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), along with other lung diseases. His work is also being financially supported by those who have generously donated to The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (“TLA”).

“It may seem kind of bizarre, but even though drug companies make drugs and are effective for certain individuals, many of the drugs seem to work without us understanding the mechanizm,” said Giembycz.

“What we do is try to pin down how these drugs actually work in hopes that we could make those new drugs better drugs in the future.”

Without the funding from charities like TLA, Giembycz said his team would face extreme challenges in finding improved treatments for lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

“Funding for research across the board is difficult to get, despite having very important questions to ask or more problems to actually solve,” said the Calgary-based lung health researcher.

“Some of the research would suffer without The Lung Association.”

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Important work continues for researchers in Calgary in hopes of finding new treatment for asthma

Here’s just one of many reasons why it is so important to give to The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (“TLA”).

Dr. Margaret Kelly, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, is hoping work done in her lab could help discover a new treatment for asthma by studying how a patient’s airways react during an asthma attack.

Her project is being funded by TLA.

“Asthma is increasing in incidents, it is becoming quite a large problem both economically and for individual persons,” said Kelly.

Kelly says her lab’s project is also looking at how allergic reactions can make those asthma symptoms worsen.

In a number of studies, Kelly says her team has confirmed that myofibroblast cells — cells that are usually seen on a patient’s skin where a wound heals — are present in an asthmatic’s airways.

“If we can find out where these cells are coming from, how long they stay in the airway before they change into different types of cells, we will have made very big inroad into (finding) the cause of asthma,” said Kelly.

“We will also be better equipped to try and find drugs that stop this from occurring.”

Currently, money raised from TLA’s generous supporters is helping support technical staff in Kelly’s lab during the entire project, along with funding high-tech equipment so researchers can continue their important work.

“If I didn’t have the support, I wouldn’t be able to carry on with this research,” said Kelly.

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