TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - In Ontario, an astounding 1.7 million people
have asthma, making it one of the most widespread chronic diseases.
Nearly half of them don't have it under control and yet asthma is a
disease that must be well managed because there is no cure.
Common asthma triggers include: dust, grass, mould, pet fur, dander and
tobacco smoke. People with asthma should avoid their triggers as much
as possible. Asthma symptoms include: coughing, wheezing, shortness of
breath, airway tightness and increased mucus.
The Ontario Lung Association is launching its new asthma education book
called, Taking Control, next Tuesday, May 3 to mark World Asthma Day.
Media is invited to interview:
Dr. Itamar Tamari, a family physician with experience in asthma through
the Primary Asthma Care Program. Dr. Itamar can talk about the
importance of making sure adults and children are taking their inhaled
medications properly, and of having an asthma action plan to help
prevent asthma attacks
Carole Madeley, director of Respiratory Programs for the Ontario Lung
Association, can speak to the need for great public awareness about
asthma, some of the common misperceptions about this chronic lung
disease, and how Ontarians of all ages can educate themselves through
the free resources available, including the new book and mobile
application, Taking Control. Carole is bilingual and can be interviewed in English and French.
What is World Asthma Day?
World Asthma Day - this year held May 3 - is an annual event held by the
Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness around
SOURCE Ontario Lung Association
For further information:
To arrange an interview with Dr. Tamari or Carole Madeley, please contact:
Ontario Lung Association
o) 416-864-9911 ext 283