Category: Asthma (Page 13)

The Beijing Traffic Reduction Plan and $4 Gas, Plus Olympics Masks

The Olympics are just a few weeks away now, keeping the spotlight right on Beijing’s air pollution problems and the Chinese government’s efforts to clean them up. Among the questions: Will U.S. Athletes Wear Masks? Apparently, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) developed and distributed some top-secret masks for competitors, but the decision is up to […]

Friday Links: Asthma and Humidity, Asthma and Fish, Gender Inequality in Health Insurance

Want to Understand How Humidity Levels Affect Asthma? One of the clearest and most comprehensive explanations I’ve read yet. With links, too, courtesy of the RT Cave, a respiratory therapist blog. Just What Oil Companies Need: More Dough, Less Accountability The Supreme Court cut ExxonMobil’s damages from the 1989 Valdez spill in Prince William Sound […]

Your Asthmatic Toddler May Be Flaring, Not Cranky – The Early Warning Symptoms

I’ve written a couple of times before that I wouldn’t turn this blog into a comprehensive asthma source. For one, the Internet isn’t hurting for good asthma pages–like here, here, and here. And also? Asthma Mom morphed into a blog also about air quality and pollution, children’s health, and of course a weekly collection of […]

Kids, Their Stuff, and Sustainability

When I was in eighth grade, I used to walk around with a big *Save the Rainforest* sticker plastered across my clarinet case. I belonged to a magnet school that encouraged creativity and critical thinking, and my newfound environmentalism was one result. But I had the typical fervent-yet-shallow belief of the new recruit. While I […]

This is Asthma

This is my asthma explanation. The progression of a flare looks like a list in my head, so that’s how I explain it to friends and family. Maybe it will make sense to you, too, although I’ve included some medical links below if you prefer the more technical breakdown. This is Normal Breathing 1. You […]

Friday Links: Traffic and Childhood Asthma, Michelle Obama, and a Contest

Living Near Heavy Traffic Increases Kids’ Asthma by 50% This isn’t the first study linking auto emissions with asthma, but it’s the clearest connection I’ve seen yet. Munich researchers studied 6,000 four and six year-olds and after controlling for other risk factors, discovered the risk of asthma and allergies is 50% higher for kids living […]

The Summer, The Smog, The Breathing Problems

I just have to smile when I read headlines like Summer Weather Can Aggravate Asthma, Doctors Say, not because I find heat-triggered asthma particularly amusing but because summer means nothing but relief around these parts. We’ve headed into a Flovent-free three months during this, AG’s easiest season, and she doesn’t usually need her bronchodilator much […]

The Asthma Mom Glossary

When I first started learning about asthma during my daughter’s worst years, I spent as much time trying to figure out the terminology of lungs and lung disorders as I did reading. Here are my variations of the definitions that helped me. Allergen – substance causing an allergic reaction. An allergen is an antigen that, […]

Asthma Mom’s Glossary of Specialist & Test Terms

Next-to-last installment of the asthma glossary. As always, see the tab above for the whole thing. Allergist – specialist in the allergy and asthma fields. Allergists conduct allergy tests, administer sensitivity shots, and prescribe medications for allergies and asthma. While allergists have extensive training in asthma, they are not lung specialists the way pulmonologists are. […]