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Dust Mites

Dust mites have a way of sounding more like something out of science fiction than harsh, unpleasant reality. They’re teeny tiny bugs which live in our pillows, carpeting, upholstered furniture, and mattresses. That’s where you’ll find them multiplying and thriving in temperatures 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher with humidity between 70-80%. Frustratingly, they can flourish […]

Hypo-allergenic parks in our cities

They may be just around the corner It sounds like something from a futuristic movie but according to scientists from Spain, hypo-allergenic parks may not be that far off. The Spanish team examined trees growing in ten of Granada’s green spaces, to understand the extent to which the trees contributed to peoples allergies. The trees […]

SIDS Awareness Month

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome awareness month. Approximately 4000 infants less than one year of age die annually in the United States without any visible cause or explanation. This is called sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) and it is a tragedy no family should face. The most common form of SUID is Sudden Infant […]

Tobacco Cessation: Help From Insurance Companies Is on the Way

Earlier this week, anti-tobacco activists celebrated a major victory as the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) officially acknowledged that comprehensive tobacco cessation programs (three different forms of counseling and, if needed, pharmaceutical aids) an “A” for efficacy as a preventative health measure. Under federal law, preventative services must be given an “A” in order […]

September Asthma Spike

If you or someone you love is an asthma sufferer, you may have had a run in with the annual September Asthma Spike – the regular increase in the number of children admitted to the hospital as a result of their asthma typically occurring right around now. (The average has been listed as seventeen days […]

Forest fires still a major threat

We talked last month about the threat of forest fires during the summer months. Even now that threat is still very real for many people living in western Canada and the west coast of the USA. Many fires have been contained but there are still a significant number causing havoc. Large numbers of people have […]

Labor Day: A Summer Tradition with Deeper Roots

In Buffalo, the weather is still hot and humid but summer is coming to an end. All of the telltale signs are here. Some leaves have started to change color and school has started in most districts. If the big yellow busses weren’t enough of a sign – the big finale of the season, Labor […]

Is your child’s asthma worse this summer?

It could be the meds. It is no surprise that poor air quality has an adverse effect on our children’s asthma symptoms. Ozone in the environment together with carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide all reduce lung function and airway responsiveness in children with asthma. So it’s more important than ever we keep on […]