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Are the 2019 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy recommendations applicable to the Canadian context?

Read the “Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine’s article,  “Are the 2019 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy recommendations applicable to the Canadian context?”  A conversation between the Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Assembly and Professor Helen Reddel, Chair of the GINA Scientific Committee. ARTICLE APPEARS IN CANADIAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY, CRITICAL CARE, …

GINA 2019 recommendations about reliever medications in Steps 3-5

We have become aware that the GINA 2019 recommendation for ‘Preferred reliever’ in Steps 3-5 is sometimes being misinterpreted. Please note the following important information. In the GINA 2019 treatment figure for adults and adolescents (Box 3-5A), Steps 3-5 show the medication options for patients with moderate to severe asthma in whom modifiable causes of …

Respiratory Groups Call for an End to Preventable Pneumonia Deaths

world pneumonia day call to action

In support of World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) is a member, calls for an end to preventable pneumonia deaths, ensuring equitable access to interventions for prevention and control of pneumonia. Every minute, two children die from pneumonia, representing 16 percent of …

World Lung Cancer Day 2019

Respiratory groups raise awareness about lung cancer risks, screening, and treatments Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 1 August 2019 On World Lung Cancer Day, Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer. FIRS continues to …

World Lung Day 2019: Healthy Lungs for All

World Lung Day (WLD), 25 September, is a day for lung health advocacy and action, an opportunity for us all to unite and promote better lung health globally. If you haven’t joined yet, sign up as a WLD partner by emailing lisa.roscoe@firsnet.org, all our WLD partners are included on our partners page.  Respiratory diseases impose an immense …

The lung is not the only organ affected by air pollution, warns international respiratory group

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) warns that air pollution exposure affects many organs beyond the lungs, posing a great risk to health. Outdoor fine particulate matter exposure is the fifth leading risk factor for death in the world, accounting for 4.2 million deaths and 103 million disability-adjusted life years lost according to the …

BRN Reviews: The Impact of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA): Compass, Concepts, Controversies and Challenges

Barcelona Respiratory Network (BRN) Reviews Abstract: “The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) was established in 1993 to provide a global asthma strategy, adaptable to the needs of different countries. Over the past five years, GINA has initiated substantial changes in key concepts about asthma and its management, and in the structure and content of the …

Understanding Thunderstorm Asthma: Prevention and Treatment Methods

Thunderstorm Asthma Prevention & Treatment

On November 21, 2016 a thunderstorm swept across southern Australia causing significant, widespread respiratory issues for many of those in the area. These health problems were triggered by a rare combination of risk factors causing what is known as “Thunderstorm Asthma.” According to a 2016 article by CNN’s James Griffiths and Reed Alexander published just …

Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma Guide

GINA has added an important addition to the resources that we offer to assist practitioners treating patients with asthma. A new Pocket Guide, “Diagnosis and Management of Difficult-to-treat and Severe Asthma in adolescent and adult patients” is now available on the GINA website, and print copies may be ordered via the “Contact Us” form on …