Friday Links – Emma Stone’s On-Set Attack. Nutrition, Metabolism and Asthma Risk.
When I used to work away from home, every so often I’d face a run of days packed with project deadlines and multiple little tasks but also the kind of minor obstacles and tiny problems that are the death of productivity. Meetings that drag on too long. Phone and email tag with project contacts. Fire drills and hurricane days during my stint at a Florida private school. And office parties. OH, the office parties.
I adore parties and also cake, but sometimes I just wanted to get my work done.
This week’s been a lot like that.
So if there is any corner of the Internet I participate in – including Twitter, blogging, and even my own email – chances are pretty good I’ve been largely absent from it these past few days.
However! I do have links today:
Emma Stone on Her Asthma Attack-Inducing (Faked) Sex Scene in “Easy A”
That final quote in the article implies what, exactly? That only losers have asthma? That only children experience attacks?
Poor Diet and Related Metabolic Issues, Not Obesity, May Lead to Asthma
I link to sources like Medpage Today even though the medical terminology can be a little dense and thorny to work out because it resists misleading headlines like “Kids With Asthma Eat Nothing But Crap.”
I’m exaggerating, but only a little.
The fact of the matter is, this research does suggest poor early nutrition in kids and/or pregnant women can harm kids’ metabolism to the point that the children develop asthma, but it also says,
The researchers acknowledged that parent reporting of asthma may have been a limitation and that the predominantly rural setting for the study may limit generalizability somewhat.
Moreover, the study couldn’t determine causality or the chronological order in which the metabolic, weight, and airway problems arose for the children.
Finally, and this point comes from me for maybe the tenth or twentieth time since I started Asthma Mom: this is a complicated disorder with multiple symptoms and degrees of severity and multiple environmental and genetic risk factors including, possibly, nutrition. If poor diet is someday proven as a firm link to asthma development, that’s a reason for expectant couples and new parents to follow a healthy, nutritious diet, not a reason to assume any child with asthma grew up on candy and junk food during her babyhood and toddler years.
To be even more specific and somewhat defensive, both of my own children eat well, yet one of them has asthma.
Asthma Help at Your Friendly Local Pharmacist’s
Pat Bass over at About.com wants to know what you think about pharmacies offering asthma education and inhaler technique lessons. Assuming any co-pays for these services would cost less than doctor appointments, I think pharmacists could act as a fantastic and more immediately accessible resource for patients to learn more about their condition.
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