Friday Links – Kids’ Exercise-Induced Asthma, 2010 Allergy Capitals

Research Uncovers Exercise-Induced Asthma in Non-Asthmatic Kids
Or at least something that looks and acts like asthma, meaning a decrease in pulmonary function. Check out possible causes in the link and then tell me (you science folks, especially): what implications do you suppose this research might have for asthma in general?

AAFA Releases 2010 Spring Allergy Capitals
Knoxville, TN gets the top spot this year, and you can find rankings for 100 U.S. metro areas through the link.

High-Fat Diets = Higher Inflammation, Lower Response to Albuterol?
This one’s really got me thinking. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned my daughter’s lack of appetite during every illness, even colds, in the comments of this Friday Links post. Now, this study is the very first one showing a correlation between higher fat meals and airway inflammation and requires more research, but maybe her body’s trying to tell her something when she gets sick. Or maybe I’m just reaching.

And one for fun:

Weird U.S. Museums
I don’t know which one of these would make for the most bizarre field trip, but The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices definitely has the best name.

9 responses to “Friday Links – Kids’ Exercise-Induced Asthma, 2010 Allergy Capitals”

  1. Sarah says:

    I lose my appetite whenever I’m flaring really badly, but I think it’s more to do with being too short of breath to eat comfortably than my body knowing that I need less fat: I eat a fairly low-fat diet (when there aren’t two work BBQs in a week – which I of course ate at happily since, hey, free food).

    That said, I do find that my airways are a bit more twitchy on days that I’ve eaten a lot of fatty junk than on other days, and especially if I’ve eaten much more junk than normal… Of course, eating more junk than normal also sends my digestive issues in a tizzy, so I stay away from sudden changes to my diet’s composition anyway.

    Anyway, it just goes to show that the benefits of a healthy diet are a lot more than just a longer lifespan and a smaller waist: I’ve found that, since I adopted a healthier diet in my first year of university, I get sick less, I have more energy, I don’t get as stressed out, and to make things even better, I like fruit and veggies more than a lot of the junk food I used to eat all the time (but I’m still a sucker for chocolate, and I probabaly always will be >.>).

  2. Sara C. says:

    It would be interesting to see if the decreased pulmonary function in “typical” kids is a pre-indicator of lung dysfunction in later adulthood. AND, if the same thing happens in adults who exercise (perhaps a link to those winter endurance athletes we talked about during the winter) Typically healthy, non-twitchy lungs that go twitchy in the cold, with exercise.

    As for the fat/airway inflammation link…all I can say to that is CRUD!!! Schmoops is on a high fat, high calorie diet…in effort to just keep her weight stable.

    Several of those museums are near me…perhaps a trip to the harford trash museum for a day trip might be fun…my kids are the green/recycling police…they might get a kick out of it (or insist I start a compost heap)

  3. Kelley says:

    The 1st one: I wonder if they controlled for exposure to second hand smoke? I hope they follow up later on with these children… i had some minor wheezing, but primarily my asthma only acted up during soccer games/practice (a lot of running) until i hit 30, and now it also acts up with bad colds (mostly ok with minor ones).

    High fats: I wonder about how “healthy” fats play into this? Also, would this tie into above, with possibly some of the children having had a high fat meal prior to this testing?

    It’s good to know, though, that there’s asthma research going on!

  4. Amy says:

    Sarah–The twitchy airways/fatty diet link fascinates me – it’s interesting to hear you’ve noticed a connection yourself.

    Sara–On the other hand, I haven’t noticed the connection in my kid, but she’s only recently reached the age where she can articulate any subtle symptoms, so who knows? Hopefully it won’t be factor in your daughter’s case. And if you visit any of those museums, I’d love to read about it!
    (Also, good point about later adult lung function–it’s an angle I hadn’t considered.)

    Kelley–Those are great points too–particularly good vs. bad fats. You guys with your smart comments! They’re as interesting as the research itself.

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