Category: Air Quality (Page 5)

Earth Day, Climate Change, and Health

To recognize Earth Day tomorrow, I stitched together some of the health risks associated with climate change that I’ve mentioned in past posts. Why? Because I can’t say this enough: Asthma sufferers like AG are the canaries in this potential coal mine of a planet. Her respiratory issues may prompt me to advocate for clean, […]

Saturday Links: Asthma Research, Diesel Pollution, Antibiotics, Singulair

Bronchial Thermoplasty Still Looks Good, Five Years On At the AAAAI annual meeting, researchers presented results showing none of their 5-year study participants required hospitalization while receiving bronchial thermoplasty treatments. Plus, researchers recorded only 5 ER visits during those years. Bronchial thermoplasty involves using radio waves to burn off smooth muscle fiber in the bronchioles, […]

So We’re Getting the Weaker Smog Restriction (Thanks, EPA!)

The Environmental Protection Agency passed up a strict, progressive new smog standard for a more modest limit yesterday. And if you want to know what happens when ozone pollution gets bad, check out Tuesday’s post on the horrifying smog in Beijing, site of this summer’s Olympics. Obviously, I don’t have the scientific credentials to claim […]

Thoughts on Moving, and Looking for Home

The idea of *home* is kind of a complicated one for me. We’re not one of those families “from” anywhere, who live within driving distance of all our friends and relatives. A lot of that has to do with my own background and Mr. Asthma Mom’s. I’m half-Puerto Rican, half the typical German/English mix found […]

On Holidays, Air Freshener, and Asthma

Speaking of artificial vs. live Christmas trees, those air freshener plug-ins and sprays that smell like Fraser firs, Scotch pines, or blue spruces are pretty popular this time of year for people with trees of the vinyl variety. Isn’t it ironic, though, that products designed to make the air smell clean and fresh actually dirty […]

Making My Fireplace Asthma-Friendly

Oh, we’re not done with the fireplace/Christmas/Asthma Girl question just yet. If I’m going to recreate my internal debate about woodburning fireplaces here where you can read it, I guess I’d better also include information about lessening the particle pollution from your wood fire (and mine), should you find yourself in the same position. Here’s […]

On Fireplaces, Christmas, and Asthma

I’m just not sure what to do with this. This is the third fireplace I’ve owned but the only one I’ve ever lit a fire in, and I didn’t decide to start using it until last February. I’m still wrestling with this decision. I have angst. Because of Asthma Girl, of course. I know the […]

Oh, Kansas.

I’ve already explained why moving to Georgia isn’t in the cards for Asthma Family, but I might have to add Kansas to the list. Not that Kansas was ever really on the list. Do people even move to Kansas, ever? I’m sure there are many wonderful people and places in that fine state, but I […]

Friday Links – FDA Advair Update, Secondhand Smoke & Boys, Clean Air Act

Update on the FDA Panel on Advair and Other LABA’s The good news: nothing’s getting pulled off the market. The bad news: but they say the risks are greater than the benefits for Serevent and Foradil. The good news: Advair seems okay, although the panel was much more supportive of its use in adults than in children. In fact, the […]