Category: Air Quality (Page 3)

The Intersection of Christmas Trees, Sustainability, and Asthma

December finds the real vs. live tree debate on all the eco-aware websites, and articles about Christmas trees and mold triggers on all the asthma ones. This year, I’m combining the two subjects and including information from my post last year. The basics: – Live trees bring mold indoors. – But artificial trees are made […]

Throw Another Manufactured, Asthma-Friendlier Log on the Fire

It’s cold (even here), the holidays are closing in, and new readers have been landing at Asthma Mom through Google searches like, Are fireplaces bad for asthma? Indoor air quality + fireplaces Are fireplaces eco-friendly? Natural gas vs. wood burning fireplaces You get the idea. If you landed here through a search for wood burning […]

Dear Michelle Obama – One Asthma Mom to Another

(Photo from Dear Michelle Obama, With all the focus on your husband, his transition team, his appointment of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, and his potential moves to shore up the U.S. economic situation, I’ve been reading a little bit about the transition to the White House you’re facing as well. And I’ve […]

Friday Links – Kids’ Flu Shots, Asthma Meds + Obama’s EPA Chief Shortlist?

Flu Shots Protect Kids Even Better Than Thought New research of 2,500 kids found that even when the flu strains in the vaccine don’t match the flu viruses actually circulating that season, the shots cut doctor’s visits for flu symptoms in half. Huge Spike in Kids’ Meds, Including for Asthma The Pediatrics journal published the […]

Reduce Indoor VOCs For Your Asthma Kids

Back before the final days of this election stole my brain, I wrote this post about Environmental Working Group’s recent roundtable on kids’ health and exposure to VOCs in the home. In it, I promised to write more about VOCs and asthma in particular. I’ve divided this post into sections starting with a quick definition […]

Kids, Chemicals, and Asthma

If you’ve been wondering about the links between environmental toxins and children’s asthma, today’s a great day to learn more. Through Enviroblog’s Twitter feed, I found A Conversation About Children and Chemicals with Environmental Working Group and Seventh Generation. You can watch the whole webcast through that link or view shorter, subject-specific segments. Halfway down […]

Ductwork Fun – Obsession or Advantage?

You ever see those ads for getting the ductwork cleaned in your house? The ones that promise to help reduce allergens, mold, and dust mites? I actually had the work done before moving into a house in South Florida over four years ago, a few months after my daughter turned five and her lung function […]

Friday Links: Hurricanes & Asthma, Ike, Protective Daycare, 9/11 Risk Factor, Sweat & EIA

The American Lung Association’s Hurricane Recovery Resources I am very, very grateful this hurricane season has been easy on my part of Florida, but if you’ve been affected by this year’s storms check out the sections on asbestos, biological pollutants, and other health risks associated with hurricane clean-up. Why That ALA Link is Important: Hurricane […]