Asthma doesn’t seem to boost COVID-19 risk

Having asthma doesn't appear to increase the risk you'll get a severe or deadly case of COVID-19, researchers report.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
today ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 asthma lungs featured health-and-medicine

Map shows good and bad news on air pollution

A new global map shows trouble spots for air pollution containing tiny particles called at PM2.5 that can make their way deep into your respiratory system.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution asthma air-pollution maps earth-and-environment

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health climate-change pollution asthma models air-pollution heat india temperature lung-disease heatwave air-quality south-asia heatstroke

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

After a 5-year review, the EPA is leaving US standards for fine particle air pollution unchanged, even though recent studies suggest that tightening them could save thousands of lives yearly.

H. Christopher Frey, Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: asthma air-pollution regulation particulates us-environmental-protection-agency air-pollution-and-health trump-administration andrew-wheeler pm-25

For asthma patients, the novel coronavirus can be scary. Here's what you need to know

Asthma rescue inhalers are in short supply, and asthma sufferers are worried about the risks they face from COVID-19. A doctor answers six key questions.

S. Cindy Xi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus asthma disease coronavirus-2020 lung-disease

Bedroom air filters ease breathing for kids with asthma

Bedroom air filters can alleviate—and may even prevent—asthmatic flareups in children, a new study shows.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution asthma wildfire childrens-health health-and-medicine filters

Rev up “killer cells” to treat eczema?

Boosting the number of natural killer cells in the blood could offer a way to treat eczema and also help with related problems, like asthma.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: asthma skin featured health-and-medicine immune-systems eczema

Prenatal vitamin D supplements don’t protect kids from asthma

Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy does little to prevent asthma and recurrent wheezing in young children, a new study shows.

Scott Hesel - U. Rochester • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: pregnancy asthma vitamin-d supplements health-and-medicine wheezing

Connecting the dots between climate change and health care

Bringing climate change into the examining room by discussing links between a warming environment and the everyday health of patients.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 10, 2020 ~16 min

Tags:  health  climate-change  asthma  harvard-medical-school  environments-sustainability  health-medicine  alvin-powell  massachusetts-general-hospital  heat-wave  clinical-care  emergency-room  heat-stroke  intravenous-fluids  pollen  renee-salas  symposium

‘Language of cells’ could uncover new asthma, allergy treatments

"We're getting in line with how cells talk... We expect to see real improvements in severe asthma and allergy patients."

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: inflammation asthma lungs allergies health-and-medicine microrna

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