Indoor smoking ban resulted in fewer emergency department visits for children with asthma

Exposure to certain triggers can cause patients with asthma to suffer exacerbations and become hospitalized with an asthma attack. These stays in hospital can be long and in severe cases can result in visits to the intensive care unit. Triggers of exacerbations include allergens (animal dander, pollen, mold), weather changes, chest infections, influenza, and cigarette smoke…

Indonesian forest fires, the largest in two decades, exposed 69 million people to unhealthy air quality

Global climate change is making warm, drought like conditions across the globe more common. A contributing factor to the change in global climate is deforestation of rainforests for agricultural use in Indonesia and the Amazon. The deforestation process involves burning away native vegetation, which releases carbon dioxide (CO2) stored in the vegetation and in turn contributes…

Superbug MRSA uses decoys to evade our last line of antibiotics

Superbugs are bacteria that have developed resistance to the killing action of our best antibiotics. Becoming ill with an infection from one of these bugs usually means a lengthy stay in the intensive care unit so you can be monitored and treated with last resort antibiotics. Patients lives are at risk when these final antibiotics fail. Antibiotic…