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 About.com 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.