Dr. Google

As healthcare professionals we have a duty to guide patients in making better decisions based on more current, accurate and proven knowledge.
First we need to be up to date with the latest guidelines and knowledge in our field.
Second, we need to create an open and comfortable space for your patients so they can be open about their thoughts and their choices.
Third, be aware of the latest trends and claims so you can educate your patients on false claims.

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Networking

Tired but still showed up.
Didn’t know many people but still made the effort.
Growth and networking is not easy. Requires genuine attempt to listen to others.
But is exciting and rewarding.
Except no outcome but to learn and you get the most out of the interactions.
Make an effort. Meet people in other fields.

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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)

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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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