Friday Links: C-Sections, Artificial Lung, A Contest, Google Health
Scary New Asthma Commercials
Anyone seen these yet? I guess you could make a case for not freaking people out about what is usually a pretty treatable condition. On the other hand, with the dramatic rise in asthma cases unmatched by an equal increase in asthma education among parents and patients, scaring the snot out of people may just give them the jolt they need.
Doctors Closer to Understanding C-Section, Asthma/Allergy Link
If you didn’t already know the link existed, there’s evidence pointing to higher rates of asthma and allergies in babies born through C-sections for as-yet undetermined reasons. Apparently researchers are that much closer to understanding the why. I’m guessing the next step involves figuring out ways to pre-treat, if possible, for births in which C-sections are medically necessary.
Adult-Onset Asthmatics and COPD Patients, Take Note
This research is for you. It’s all scientific and stuff, with mention of “molecular code,” viral infections, and better diagnosis and treatment. My non-scientific brain can’t translate the article, so you’re better off just clicking over and reading it.
Behold, a Test Tube Lung
I meant to post this link weeks ago about a lab lung that should help further asthma and COPD research.
The Green Goodies Contest
A community leader and columnist from the *Green Home* portion of the brand-new Huddler.com sent me the heads-up about this contest. Green Home is an eco-conscious product review and research site and shopping community. Sort of an Epinions/MySpace/Flickr combo for sustainability. In honor of its recent expansion to include green baby care and personal products, Huddler.com is giving away 10 recycled nylon messenger bags full of good things like Dr. Bronner’s organic soap and Pangea Organics lip balm. To enter, you have to join Greenhome.Huddler.com and contribute a little something to the community. If you decide to enter, good luck!
Have You Heard About Google Health Yet?
From the site:
Google Health allows you to store and manage all of your health information in one central place.
I’m all for streamlining personal medical information, but I need to read way more about the security issue before I form an opinion. Here’s a short article that explains how Google Health is different from its competitors.
Oops, Edited for One More: My Vote for Mother of the Year
In the aftermath of the massive earthquake in China, police officer Jiang Xiaojuan is breastfeeding orphan babies in addition to her own 6 month-old son. She calls her contribution a “small thing,” but I wonder how many other nursing mothers would have done it. Would I? Would you?
No, I think this qualifies as a very big thing.