Friday Links – Asthma and Pneumonia, Health Literacy, Images of Summer
Asthma Kids with the Flu More Likely to Develop Pneumonia
Well, okay. You probably already know about the dangerous link between kids’ asthma and flu-related pneumonia, but apparently until this research, asthma was only a confirmed risk factorÂ in adults, not children. In fact, asthma may up the chance of pneumonia as much as 40%.
Simplifying Medical Info = Better Med Compliance, Patient Outcomes
That’s the theory behind the new push for health literacy and clear, uncomplicated language on medical forms and websites, anyway.
Pushing for better health literacy is definitely more constructive than the *Blogs are BAD/Medical Information on the Internet is BAD* argument, don’t you think?
I feel like a researcher somewhere maybe even actually asked the question, “But why – WHY – do people research medical information on blogs?”
Oh, yeah. Because bloggers talk to readers like they are actual people, rather than just throwing complex terminology at them and hoping something sticks.
Read This Description of Drowning Because it Could Save Your Child’s Life
Now that I have your attention:
Seriously, read it. This excellent article about drowning and how it looks completely different from what the movies portray made the rounds on Twitter all week long. Unless you have lifeguard training or some kind of aquatic survival experience, the image in your head probably doesn’t match up to the reality.
Hint: drowning sounds quieter and looks less obvious than you think.
Photo Gallery: The Better Side of Summer
I know you East Coasters have been sitting around in a puddle of your own sweat this week because of the recent heat wave, so have a fabulous Boston.com collection of seasonal images instead.