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

Coronavirus is giving smokers incentive to quit, and social distancing could help them do it

An addiction psychiatrist explains why smoking raises the risks from COVID-19 and how to quit.

Amy Harrington, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: heart-disease health covid-19 coronavirus smoking telehealth tobacco vaping social-distancing telemedicine coronavirus-2020 lung-disease

Chronic conditions worsen coronavirus risk – here's how to manage them amid the pandemic

While COVID-19 raises the risk for people with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and COPD, social distancing can make it harder to keep up diets and medication.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: heart-disease health medicine diabetes covid-19 coronavirus chronic-disease telemedicine coronavirus-2020 lung-disease

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

What it means when lungs crackle and wheeze

The idea that lung sounds are a cause of disease is a "paradigm shift for a field that has a 200-year history with the stethoscope."

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 17, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: inflammation asthma lungs lung-disease health-and-medicine emphysema

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