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Breath of LIFE Winter 2019

Cold weather, and particularly cold air, can play havoc with your lungs and your health. Although Perth winters are much milder than in many other places, we can learn useful lessons from our far away cousins. Here are some tips to help you through the winter weather without putting your lungs at risk. Read more

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Breath of LIFE Autumn 2019

Autumn means it’s time for your annual flu vaccination. At the same time it’s a great opportunity to review your overall vaccination status with your GP. Read more about vaccinations, healthy eating and lung health tips in our autumn issue. Read more

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Breath of LIFE Summer 18-19

The big health message for summer is – hydration! Make sure you drink plenty of water (unless your doctor advises otherwise). For those with lots of phlegm, being properly hydrated thins out the mucus, making it easier to cough up and less likely to stay down, harbouring bugs. Put a jug of water and a […]

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Breath of LIFE – Spring 2018

Spring can be a time for sneezing. What exactly is the purpose of a sneeze? Are you under the mistaken belief that milk products make more mucus? Find out inside why this is incorrect. Check out the Shorts section of this issue. Two new sections appear in the issue: the return of Pulmonary Poetry with […]

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Breath of LIFE – Winter 2018

We have plenty of news. Lots of jokes! Thanks to Tom Murnane. A brief report on the Lung Foundation education seminar in May and news about the L I F E winter lunch. Don’t let the winter blues get to you. Make sure you keep up your regular exercise program, especially walking. Discover more about […]

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Breath of LIFE – Autumn 2018

Autumn weather in Perth can go from 40C days like the height of summer – to chilly nights snuggled up under a duvet. It’s not just the temperature either. In WA humidity has been increasing with longer term climate changes, especially affecting people with COPD. Discover more about keeping your lungs healthy and more. Read […]

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Breath of LIFE Summer 17-18

With summer upon us, there are important things you can do when living with a chronic lung condition in hot and humid weather. We’ve covered this in previous issues. Which are the ones you need a prompt for? Pin a reminder on the fridge. More on page 12. Discover more about keeping your lungs healthy […]

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Breath of LIFE Spring 2017

If you have a regular cough that gets worse in spring, could there be an allergic element to it? Do you sneeze a lot? Ask your GP, respiratory specialist or pharmacist about this. Here’s the right way to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid sharing bugs with others. Discover more about keeping […]

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Breath of LIFE Winter 2017

6 more things to do to stay healthy You’ve had your vaccinations, right? What else can you do to reduce the risk of those nasty chest infections hanging about in winter? 1. Keep walking. Winter isn’t too severe in Perth, so it isn’t hard to find a suitable time for a 15-30 minute walk 4-5 […]

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Breath of LIFE Autumn 2017

Two very important things to do in autumn – if you have a chronic lung condition The hot weather in Western Australia is far from over. So keep on drinking plenty of water. The mean maximum temperature for February might be 31.7C, but in March it’s 29.6 and in April, 25.9. Discover more about keeping […]

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Breath of LIFE Summer 2016

To help you party on through WA’s long hot summer we’ve included three special mocktails that would deserve a place on your Christmas or New Year menu. And there’s an article on how to keep well hydrated during our hotter months. We start a new series on respiratory health terms. Discover more about keeping your […]

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Breath of LIFE Spring 2016

People with allergies often dread spring with all the pollen about. They sneeze frequently, and their eyes and noses run like taps. Others find their eczema or their asthma gets much worse. What is it all about and what can you do about it, short of moving to another country? Discover more about keeping your […]

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Breath of LIFE Winter 2016

A woman received a call that her daughter was sick. She stopped by the chemist to get her medication, got back to her car and found that she’d locked her keys inside! She woman found an old rusty coat hanger on the ground. She thought, “I don’t know how to use this.” Discover more about […]

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Breath of LIFE Autumn 2016

AUTUMN – READINESS FOR WINTER If your fitness level has dropped lately because of an infection, the hot weather, or changes to routines during the summer holiday period, try to restart your regular walk and exercise program as soon as possible. It will be easier to maintain into the cooler weather. Remind yourself of places […]

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Breath of LIFE Summer 15-16

SUMMER TIME SURVIVAL TIPS Make sure you drink enough water. Dehydration can cause thicker mucus which is harder to cough up and can harbours bugs. Remember to keep taking your medication regularly, including rescue medication (Ventolin or Bricanyl) in the early stages of any flare-up. Plan ahead for public holidays when chemists are harder to […]

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Breath of LIFE Spring 2015

SPRING IS SPRUNG – DE BIRD IS RIZ! With the arrival of spring there’s more pollen around, causing allergies for many – hay fever and asthma particularly. People with a chronic lung condition may have an allergic component to their condition: stuffy nose, running eyes, a wheeze. Discover more about keeping your lungs healthy and […]

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Breath of LIFE Winter 2015

Hope you have your thermals ready. It’s not Perth’s coldest yet, but by August you’ll be glad of them. We have a story about recurring chest infections, a common feature of the lives of many of us with damaged lungs. The fear of infection infects our mental health. Our positive column addresses that. And a […]

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Breath of LIFE Autumn 2015

In Australia autumn arrives officially on 1 March. Writing this on a 40C day in late February it is hard to imagine the days getting cooler. Perhaps autumn should be changed to start at the autumn equinox on 22 March, as it does in the northern hemisphere. Discover more about keeping your lungs healthy and […]

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Breath of LIFE Summer 14-15

On 23 October the Lung Institute of Western Australia (LIWA) held a Special General Meeting to approve a change of name to the Institute for Respiratory Health to reflect its broader research interests of the whole respiratory system, not just the lungs. L I F E remains the same. We continue to be the Institute’s […]

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