Friday Links – Gender and the Clean Western Childhood, Meal Sniffing

Women, Asthma, and the Hygiene Hypothesis
I’m pretty sure this marks the first time I’ve ever linked to a philosopher’s research on lung health.

Excess Airway Mucus Enzyme Discovered, Probably Leading to New Treatments
The same enzyme involved in other inflammatory conditions also plays a role in asthma and COPD, and guess what? The medicines to block it already exist – scientists just have to test whether they’ll work for lung patients, too.

Inhaling Your Food. Literally.
Do you remember reading about chocolate and coffee inhalers anywhere last spring? I didn’t write about them, but lots of other people did. Here’s that concept times 1,000.

Sarah’s Awesome Takedown of Richard Friedel, Asthma Quack
I have nothing to add to her post but this: if people could just train their bodies not to have asthma, the whole world would know about it.

If only it were that easy.