ASBESTOS

Canadian government is taking steps to limit the use of Asbestos. While this is not a complete ban, and some exceptions exists, it is still a step toward the right direction.

Occasionally at the PFT lab we have individuals who have been exposed to Asbestos, and we perform the testing to rule out interstitial lung disease.

CBC has a piece on this which you can check out at:https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-asbestos-cancer-regulations-1.4867684

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RA

At the Pulmonary Function Testing lab we assess and monitor patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
“Interstitial lung disease may be a manifestation of RA or may be a complication of RA therapies, such as methotrexate and leflunomide.” -Daniel Aletaha, MD and Josef S. Smolen, MD.
If you want to learn more about RA, check out:
Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis-A Review. Oct 2 2018
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2705192?guestAccessKey=4054e5dc-45b4-4fd7-bec5-e6a9a4c14a87
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Claire

Claire Wineland is an iconic Cystic Fibrosis (CF) advocate who has been open with her challenges and struggles with CF. I appreciate her ongoing efforts to bring awareness about what individuals with CF experience.
You can follow her in multiple social media accounts. She has daily posts and even occasional live Q&A sessions.
*Claire has recently gone through another lung transplant surgery which has lead to complications.
I wish her a quick recovery!

@ClairityProject (Twitter)
@claire.wineland (Instagram)
#everybreathItake (title of her book)
Claire Wineland, Love, Songs, and Updates Page (Facebook page)

References:

Image: Profile Picture from her Facebook Page: Claire Wineland, Love, Songs, and Updates Page (Facebook page)

* https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/08/29/health/claire-wineland-transplant-stroke/index.html?r=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com

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EHL

Thank you Emerging Health Leaders (EHL), Toronto Team, for organizing the social event last night.
Many people asked me what I hoped to get out of attending this event and my response was simple: “No agenda. Here to talk to and learn about other healthcare professionals”.
While I didn’t get to speak to everyone, the people I connected with were driven, passionate and forward thinking. That is not only a reflection on their career ambitions but their personal life as well.
Few reflections and realizations from attending this event:
1. To be successful or in order to be successful you don’t need to have every turn in your path figured out.
2. Sometimes we need to step back and looks at the available options and the bigger picture.

3. Find opportunities to speak to individuals outside of profession. You will appreciate the new views and perspectives.

Looking forward to EHL’s September 12th event !

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RTSO 2018 Summer Airwaves

RTSO’s Summer 2018 Airwaves is out!
This is a quarterly publication that I look forward to reading.

As many of you may know, I learned about RTSO through this publication. I appreciate all the hardwork done by this team! Over the last 8 months I have volunteered with this organization (as a director, lead for social media, and member of the Pulmonary Diagnostic Advocacy Working Group and Inspiration 2019 team). Shawna and her team have done a great job with this latest publication so do make sure to check it out!

Summer Airwaves 2018

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