Two articles in this month’s newsletter are related to sleep apnea.  A better name for sleep apnea is sleep suffocation because people with this disease are being repeatedly suffocated while they try to sleep. When a sleeping person can’t breathe, the brain is aroused from sleep and breathing is re-started. Sleeping resumes, but only until the next suffocation occurs, often within a minute or two. The person does not wake up completely and does not remember being suffocated or awakened. The consequences of the lost sleep are associated with many adverse physical and mental conditions.

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Brian Graham, CEO
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Volume 1, Issue 4

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea linked to Development of Diabetes

A large Canadian study from the University of Toronto has found that people with moderate sleep apnea have a 23% increased risk of developing diabetes.  Those with severe sleep apnea had an even greater (30%) risk of developing diabetes. Treating sleep apnea should include more than just a CPAP machine – a healthy lifestyle including exercise and proper diet must go hand in hand with medical treatment.


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Saskatchewan Residents Warned About West Nile Virus

Quitting One Step at a Time

Saskatchewan Health officials have issued a warning about the increased risk of contracting West Nile virus from mosquito bites.  The time of greatest risk is from the end of July through the month of August.   Learn more about West Nile virus.


A group of individuals from Prince Albert are making great strides in their lung health one step at a time.  They came together with two common goals.  They all wanted to quit smoking and become more physically active. 

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New Saskatchewan Lung Research  

Asthma Research Video Coming Soon

The Saskatchewan Rural Health Study is a large five year study looking at factors affecting lung health in the rural areas of our province.  A total of 39 rural municipalities and 16 towns are participating.  The results of a questionnaire about day time sleepiness were published in the August 2014 edition of the Canadian Respiratory Journal.The study, published in the Canadian Respiratory Journal, found that rural residents had high levels of excessive daytime sleepiness, especially in men over age 55.

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Do you know a child with asthma? You won’t want to miss this. Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Twitter for the latest ground-breaking asthma research done right here in SK. Following the release of this video find out how you can be entered to win a $100.00 gift card towards Saskatchewan Roughrider gear or tickets by sharing or retweeting this video.




Stamp Out Asthma Raffle

Mike and Sheri Olain are the ambassadors of this year’s Stamp Out Asthma Raffle.  They contacted The Lung Association because they tragically lost their wonderful son, Emerson, in December 2013 from an asthma attack. Emerson would have turned three in January.  They are courageously sharing Emerson’s story with the hope that some good can come out of their terrible loss and that it never happens to another child.  Asthma is a common but serious lung disease.  Learn more about the Lung Association's asthma programs and services. Support the Stamp Out Asthma Raffle. 



The Lung Association and Roughrider Scott McHenry Celebrate Tobacco-Free Youth!

On May 22, 2014, The Lung Association went on a road trip with Saskatchewan Roughrider Scott McHenry to celebrate two Tobacco-Free Graduation classes! Why was this important to us? Because for ten years in a row, Saskatchewan has had the highest youth and young adult smoking rates in Canada.

We visited the schools of Star City and Choiceland, SK. Scott did a presentation to multiple grades on youth being champions of their own health and then followed it up with questions from the youth. (of course questions were asked about the Grey Cup!) After that portion, he took time to autograph items and take pictures with the graduating students. It was a fun time had by all. The Lung Association is extremely grateful to Scott McHenry for his time and dedication to lung health. He challenged the younger kids to follow in the footsteps of the tobacco-free graduating classes and we agree! Let’s support Saskatchewan’s youth to choose health for life!

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