One third of adults with asthma may be misdiagnosed

You go to your family doctor complaining of difficulty breathing, wheezing, tightness in your chest, and a cough. Your doctor listens to your chest, makes some notes and diagnoses you with asthma. You get some inhalers to control the symptoms and carry on your way. Surprisingly, there was never a test done to determine if…

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…

92% of the worlds population is living with polluted air

Outdoor air pollution is estimated to be linked to 3 million deaths world wide per year. Including indoor sources into the estimate we find that around 6 million deaths world wide are attributed to air pollution. That is 11.6% of all global deaths! Most of these deaths come from complications with the heart, lungs, or brain.…