Friday Links – Allergy Shot Vaccine, Asthma Racial Gap, Ice Cream
Allergy Shots Without the Shot?
I know a couple of you would love this. Research looks promising for a kind of immunotherapy vaccine, which would help prevent allergy triggers for asthmatics sans injections.
Minority Kids Have Higher Asthma Rates, Even with Insurance
We’ve known about the higher burden asthma places on black and Latin American communities for a long time, but this study suggests minority children aren’t receiving the same level of health care as Caucasian kids. Possible reasons are complicated and not fully understood and may not be as devastating as my first sentence suggests, but this issue obviously needs immediate further research and attention.
Asthma App Provides Personalized Treatment, Helps Self-Care
Sounds nice, huh? A computer program that gives you advice based on the symptoms you report through your computer or by text message?
Unfortunately, it was part of a Netherlands asthma study and isn’t available yet. This Guardian article goes into more detail about the results.
How Tibetans Breathe at Extreme Altitude
People like me, who live in higher altitudes, produce more hemoglobin than the norm in order to compensate for less oxygen in our air. Too much hemoglobin makes you sick, so scientists have wondered for a long time how Tibetans live and work at altitudes where others succumb.
And to take you into the weekend:
Fish and Chips-Flavored Ice Cream
Be honest, UK folks. Would you try this?