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…

Viral infection in children can make routine asthma therapies fail

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting 235 million people worldwide and affecting 8.5% of all Canadians. The common symptoms include chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath that can be sudden. Currently asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease, affecting 13% of Canadian children and accounting for 50% of all emergency department visits…

Exposure to urban air pollution weakens kid’s lungs

Your lungs continue to develop well after you are born usually until the age of 3 but maybe even into your late teens. This means that any exposure to harmful compounds (cigarette smoke, pollution, toxic fumes) could likely have profound impacts on the way your lungs grow. Alterations in the way your lungs grow could…

Poor eyesight is not a cause of Dyslexia in children.

Dyslexia, also known as specific learning disorder with reading impairment, is a learning disorder that is characterized by a difficulty reading due to an inability to identify speech sounds and how they relate to words. Dyslexia affects between 3-20% of the population depending on the definition used. Popular culture teaches that a person with dyslexia…

Time to end this nonsense: Vaccines DO NOT cause autism

Let’s jump straight to the point. There has been no credible study to date that shows a link between vaccinations and the development of autism. Did everyone read that? No evidence what so ever. Need proof? Here are four, properly designed studies to give you the proof you need: 498 children with autism. Result: NO…

What are phthalates and do they cause asthma?

There has been much interest in the role of phthalates in the development of many different diseases including reproductive and developmental problems, but what are they? Phthalates are a class of chemical that is used in manufacturing processes to make products (usually plastics) softer or more pliable and can be found in numerous every day…