Friday Links: Asthma and Humidity, Asthma and Fish, Gender Inequality in Health Insurance
Want to Understand How Humidity Levels Affect Asthma?
One of the clearest and most comprehensive explanations I’ve read yet. With links, too, courtesy of the RT Cave, a respiratory therapist blog.
Just What Oil Companies Need: More Dough, Less Accountability
The Supreme Court cut ExxonMobil’s damages from the 1989 Valdez spill in Prince William Sound from the appeals ruling of $2.5 billion to $500 million. (The original ruling awarded $5 billion.) To put this reduction in perspective:
The Exxon Valdez spill was the worst in American history, damaging 1,300 miles of shoreline, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of people in the region and killing hundreds of thousands of birds and marine animals. It occurred after the shipâs captain, Joseph J. Hazelwood, left the bridge at a crucial moment. Mr. Hazelwood, an alcoholic, had downed five double vodkas on the night of the disaster, according to witnesses.
Exxon paid more than $3.4 billion in fines, cleanup expenses and other costs. The spill still affects Alaskaâs fisheries today. – NY Times (link above)
If You’re Headed to California, Check the Air Quality First
Smoke from the wildfires is still hanging around, and apparently North California (and Nevada) are under smoke advisory.
Ladies, Feel Like Paying Extra for Health Insurance?
Healthcare and the U.S. Presidential race again, but the word *universal* appears nowhere. It’s all about the need for gender neutral health insurance, and why one candidate’s plan won’t make that happen.
Eat Your Salmon and Anchovies
Even more research linking omega-3s from fish asthma help. This particular bit opens up the exploration into the fatty acids as inflammation therapy. Who knows? Maybe we’re headed back to the days of cod liver oil doses in the morning.
Oops. Edited 10:35 AM for one more, entirely off-topic:
Got a Wii? Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Amazon’s Gold Box Deal Today
Passing on the discount love this morning–$25.99 and free shipping for one of the most popular (with good reason) Wii titles out there.