Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law

Carrying Inhalers Easier for Illinois Students Now
A new Illinois law allows students to carry their own inhalers with only their prescriptions and written parental permission on file rather than also requiring a doctor’s note, as many schools around the country do. Considering the vast number of students with asthma in the U.S. and the way this law will simplify and standardize right-to-carry requirements, I’d love to see more states, including my own, following Illinois’ lead.

Asthma Roller Coaster Research Wins Ig Nobel Award
Every year, the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine awards 10 Ig Nobels for avenues of research that “first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Dutch researchers won this year’s Medicine prize for a study on the positive effects roller coaster rides can have on asthma symptoms.

More Asthma Reader Response Questions
See what readers have to say about reflux meds, annoying asthma symptoms and other subjects, and add your own input as well.

Google Flu Trends
Here’s another tool to help you track flu this season. If you check out this About section, too, you can see that last year, Google noted a spike in flu activity two weeks before the CDC reported one, based on their real-time estimations of aggregated search data.

18 responses to “Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law”

  1. Sarah says:

    I am in love with Illinois right now. Seriously. That’s an excellent law, and I really wish we had something of the sort up North of the border. Right now, the rule is that schools are not allowed to deny students life-saving medication, but what constitutes reasonable access is largely left up to individual schools… so some schools let students carry their own while others say “Keep it in the teacher’s desk” (which is stupid because what if the teacher’s at lunch?) and still others say “keep it at the nurse’s office” or “keep it in the principal’s office”. I believe there’s a court case winding its way through civil courts where the plaintiffs are trying to argue that right to life extends to keeping your own lifesaving medications, but I haven’t heard much of it one way or the other in a while.

    My only complaint is that it is perhaps too narrow. If I were a parent, I’d like to see it broadened to include all lifesaving meds – insulin and emergency sugar for diabetic kids, epipens for kids with severe allergies, rescue meds for severely epileptic kids, and so on. But, the law works in baby steps, I guess, and it is a good move in the right direction. :)

    Something like that would have saved me a huge number of close-calls as a kid. I am a fan.

    Also, Google Flu Trends is a great site. I found it last year during the H1N1 pandemic scare and followed it religiously. I’ll probably do it again this year. :)

  2. Elisheva says:

    Oh wow! That flu site is pretty cool! Too bad it doesn’t cover my region.

  3. Amy says:

    Sarah–Good point. They may actually have similar laws that cover those meds–I just know this is a first for inhalers. It’s never made sense to me the way some schools require a doctor’s note for kids to carry their own inhalers, on top of a parent’s permission and the actual prescription.

    Elisheva–Maybe/hopefully it’ll make its way to your part of the world soon.

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