Friday Links – Breathing at the Vancouver Olympics
They start blooming in Vancouver and Whistler soon, and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology thinks the pollen could trigger athletes’ allergies and/or asthma, affecting performance.
And Speaking of the Winter Olympics and Asthma
The Well blog examines high incidences of asthma in elite winter athletes and the difference between exercise-induced asthma and regular, everyday asthma like my kid’s. If you’ve ever wanted to understand EIA better – because people have a lot of misconceptions about it, starting with the idea that this condition is “asthma” at all, at least in the traditional sense of the word – this post is a good place to start. The comments are kind of fun, too, with all kinds of accusations flying about false asthma diagnoses for the sake of performance-enhancing medicine.
Recycled Medals at the 2010 Olympics
For the very first time, recycled gold, silver, and copper from e-waste make up a part – even if it’s a very small part – of the medals in this year’s Games.