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The Asthma Society of Ireland is to hold a free, back-to-school, asthma clinic in Castlebar next month and is warning parents and teachers ahead of an expected spike in hospital admissions for children with the condition at this time of year.
Emergency hospital admissions for children with asthma increase significantly in the month of September, and the Asthma Society of Ireland is providing free training and support in Galway on September 16 to help parents and teachers.
Mayo General Hospital held a very successful information day on quitting smoking in the hospital recenty. The event was organised by Claudia Oliveira, respiratory scientist and Michelle Redmond, a/respiratory clinical nurse specialist. The aim of the day was to inform members of the public, patients, and staff of the importance of quitting smoking. In addition, visitors to the information day were offered a carbon monoxide (CO) test. CO is a poisonous gas that has no colour or smell. It is one of the products found in tobacco smoke and this breath test can tell how much CO a smoker has in his/her body.
Galway-based medical device and drug delivery company Aerogen has announced that it is creating thirteen new high-tech positions at its base in Dangan.
BY EBHAN LOUGHLIN
The next meeting will take place on Thursday February 28 from 3pm to 5pm in the TF Royal Hotel Castlebar. From 3pm to 3.10pm there will be an opening session; from 3.10pm to 3.30pm there will be pulmonary rehab, exercises; from 3.30pm to 3.40pm there will be tea/coffee; and from 4pm to 4.30pm there will be a guest speaker Nolene Cashin who will discuss health and wellbeing. Go along for a cup of tea and a chat.
Ireland has the fourth highest incidence of asthma in the world with approximately 470,000 people living with asthma, of which 60 per cent (282,000 people) do not have their symptoms controlled.
Following the success of its first Breathe Freely programme for COPD and lung fibrosis sufferers, the Galway Chest Clinic has announced that it will run another programme in January 2013. The programme is designed to improve the quality of life for people with chronic lung diseases, many of whom suffer from considerable shortness of breath when carrying out simple daily tasks despite maximum medical therapy. The British and Irish Thoracic Societies have stated that all patients with lung diseases whose lifestyle is adversely affected by chronic breathlessness would benefit from such a course.
Free lung screenings are to be made available in Athlone this weekend, on Saturday November 17 in Athlone Towncentre.
The Asthma Society of Ireland is holding a free asthma clinic in Castlebar on Saturday September 8, in Breaffy House Hotel, from 1pm to 4pm.