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16 august 2012

Advancing asthma research: World Asthma Congress

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Dr. Malcolm Sears, one of the Canadian speakers at the World Asthma Congress

The 21st World Congress of Asthma takes place this weekend in Quebec City Canada. Research and health care specialists from countries around the world including many from Canada will be attending.

One of the many Canadians delivering papers on their research is Dr Malcolm Sears, professor in the respirology division at the St Joseph Healthcare centre at Hamilton’s McMaster University.

RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke with him about asthma research, current knowledge, and the importance of these world gatherings of experts.






Statistics Canada lists some 2, 511, 890 cases of asthma in Canada in 2011, a little over a million males, and almost 1.5 million females.
Approximately 20 children and 500 adults each year die from asthma.

The chronic illness is a major cause of absenteeism from work and school and its estimated that chronic lung disease, including asthma costs $12 billion a year of which almost 3.5 billion are direct costs, and over 8.5 billion in indirect costs.


ASTHMA SOCIETY OF CANADA


21st WORLD ASTHMA CONGRESS, Quebec City Canada


Dr MALCOLM SEARS bio

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