Friday Links – Inhaler Wars, Harold Dow and Summer Asthma Deaths
Mold and Kids’ Asthma in New Orleans, 5 Years After Katrina
High post-Katrina levels of asthma among New Orleans residents is the big story here, and it’s a devastating one. At the end of this particular interview, though, something else caught my eye. Dr. Floyd Malveaux, when talking about his intervention and treatment program of 184 kids, said this:
But itâs a fraction. Thatâs why itâs so important to sustain the program and expand the effort, to reach out to the community health centers and the state and to say, with this program, we can control asthma in New Orleans.
Because I would add, we need programs with counselors and preventative education and treatment like this one everywhere, to teach parents and get kids started on the road to well-maintained asthma and a healthy childhood earlier.
Does One Steroid Inhaler Work Better Than Another?
Here’s something interesting from About.com. One study suggests Qvar inhalers provide the same anti-inflammatory coverage as Flovent ones do, only at a lower dose, and you should check out the full post to read the possible explanation. Even if this finding requires more research, it’s noteworthy because doctors don’t currently recommend one inhaled corticosteroid over another.
Harold Dow Probably Died of Asthma Attack
Dow, a veteran CBS correspondent for 48 Hours, passed away suddenly last weekend. He suffered from adult-onset asthma and is now believed to have succumbed to a fatal attack behind the wheel of his car.
You guys, is it just me? Between the tragedies of Dow and Javonte Woods plus the recent story about an unnaturally high number of asthma deaths in Alberta over two weeks, what’s going on? Is it the heat? It’s been a hot one this summer, even here.
Giant New Jersey Landfill to Cover Smell with Giant Amounts of Air Freshener
File this one under Terrible Ideas that Will Probably Send at Least a Few People to the ER with Breathing Problems.