Friday Links – Iceland Volcano Ash, COPD Risk, School Traffic
(Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)
Iceland Volcano Still Spewing Ash Into the Air
Beware the Eyjafjallajokull.
Especially if you live in northern Europe in the path of the ash cloud heading east (satellite photo above) and have respiratory problems.
Childhood Asthma May Up COPD Risk More than Smoking
This New Zealand study is a pretty devastating read at first, particularly this sentence:
[c]hildhood asthma showed with the strongest association for COPD, equivalent to adding about 20 years to lung age.
However, read the comment by Sandy Reid directly below the article. It pinpoints a much-needed clarification.
School + Heavy Traffic = Asthma Development
And the hits just keep on comin’ for children’s respiratory health. Actually, there’s a positive spin to this story, since easy-to-fix issues related to school traffic should decrease the risk of asthma.
Milk and the Excess Mucus Production Question
Between my kid’s recent stomach bug and this story, it’s apparently the week of disgusting body fluids here on this blog. Never let it be said your favorite Asthma Mom shies away from the hard topics!
Health Insurers Are Billion-Dollar Stockholders in. . . . wait for it. . . . Fast Food Companies
What do you think?
Conflict of interest maybe?
Findings by Harvard Medical School, June 2009.