Expert Alert - Clean air will take your breath away CIHR experts discuss air pollution in light of Clean Air Day (June 4)

    OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Wheezing, coughing and being out of breath
- these are common health effects of air pollution. Every day, the average
adult breathes about 15,000 to 20,000 litres of air. Some of this air contains
harmful chemicals that may cause lung or heart problems, according to the 2004
Canadian Public Health Association's resource.
    Several experts from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
are available to comment on different aspects related to Clean Air Day on
June 4.


    When a breath of air turns into lung cancer
    Dr. William Journeay and Dr. Daniel G.C. Rainham, CIHR-funded researchers
    at Dalhousie University (Halifax) and University of Ottawa (Ottawa)

    How air pollution and viruses trigger asthma
    Dr. Stephanus Van Eeden, CIHR-funded researcher at St-Paul's Hospital

    Feel like having a smoke in the car? Think about the kids' health!
    Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong, CIHR-funded researcher at University of Waterloo

    The effects of urban and regional air pollution
    Dr. Greg J. Evans, CIHR-funded researcher at University of Toronto

    The inconvenient truth about smog
    Dr. Murray Finkelstein and Dr. Audrey Smargiassi, CIHR-funded researchers
    at McMaster University (Hamilton) and Institut National de Santé Publique
    du Québec (Montreal)

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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For further information:

For further information: For an interview: David Coulombe, CIHR Media
Relations, (613) 941-4563, Cell: (613) 808-7526,;

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