Friday Links – Smoking Protection, Stress, Bacteria Trigger. Plus, the Pumpple.
Boys with Asthma Smoke Less as Teens
So! Silver lining. But only a very thin one, since researchers couldn’t find the same link in teen girls.
Mom’s Stress Worsens Kids’ Flares?
I don’t even know what to say here because, hello? The single biggest source of my worry and tension as a mom of two little girls was AG’s lung health. (That’s saying something, when you consider Mr. Asthma Mom and I had all kinds of hurdles to clear as inexperienced, debt-laden, woefully unprepared young parents.) If moms can’t eliminate the bronchial issues, just how are they supposed to manage the stress? (My solution back then: I didn’t.)
Don’t Double Up on Your Maintenance Inhaler When You’re Sick
Extra inhaled steroids during illness won’t hurt you, but this research suggests they won’t help – neither will burning through a prescription extra fast with no clear evidence of actual benefits in return.
Bacterial Infections Possibly a Major Kids’ Trigger
Maybe even more than viral respiratory infections, pointing towards the possibility of antibiotic treatment for some flares.
British Teacher in Neglectful School Asthma Death Quits
Remember the horrifying story of Sam Linton? The head teacher in that case had been suspended since March, but she formally resigned from the school.
Here’s the Gross Turducken of Desserts
File this one under The Inexplicable Trend of Foods Inside Other Foods.