Friday Links – School Neglect, Stress Risk Factors, Bone Marrow
British Court Rules Student Asthma Death a Result of Neglect
When 11 year-old Sam Linton suffered an asthma flare at his school in December 2007, he apparently struggled for hours while no one called an ambulance. Later, he died in the hospital.
This grievous personal tragedy for the Linton family and the horrifying failure of Sam’s school underlines further the importance of keeping asthma and its potential for seriousness in the public eye.
If your kids are old enough, consider having a conversation about this story at home. I’ve told my daughter over and over again, for years, “Never – EVER – be afraid of ‘talking back’ or raising your voice or whatever at school if it involves your asthma. If you need serious help and someone’s not listening, you make them listen and understand it’s an emergency.” So far, through four different schools in two different states, she’s never needed the advice.
More Evidence of Link Between Asthma and Stress During Pregnancy
There’s a longer post percolating on this one, so I’ll withhold my comments for now.
War Makes People Twice as Likely to Develop Asthma
This study of Kuwaiti citizens who lived through the 1990 invasion and occupation suggests war conditions double the risk of asthma in civilians, adding to the bulk of research on stress and its long-term impacts on health.
Bone Marrow Transplants for Severe Asthma
No, really. Check out this future possibility for patients who don’t respond well to current treatments.
Spring Allergy Triggers
Pollen tips from earlier this week