“The risks of recurrent wheeze and asthma were notably higher in homes with frequent use of certain products, such as liquid or solid air fresheners, plug-in deodorizers, dusting sprays, antimicrobial hand sanitizers and oven cleaners,” commented the paper’s lead author, Jaclyn Parks, a graduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. “It may be important for people to consider removing scented spray cleaning products from their cleaning routine. We believe that the smell of a healthy home is no s Source: Exposure to cleaning products in first 3 months of life increases risk of childhood asthma — ScienceDaily Recommend on Facebook Tweet aboutRead More →

Question: I have #lupus. When the National Weather Service reports an unhealthy Air Quality Index, stating that people with chronic conditions such as asthma use caution, do those cautions include me for having systemic lupus? Answer from “The Lupus Encyclopedia” Don Thomas, MD: In my opinion, “yes”. In recent years, there have now been several studies showing the adverse effects of pollution on lupus. SHARE with everyone who has lupus The Lupus Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore tracked specific weather and environmental conditions such as pollution, ozone concentrations, temperature, wind speed, humidity, and barometric pressure before flares. They found that different environmental conditions were associatedRead More →

It’s true that most of the science indicates that, in general, avoiding high meat consumption, and especially processed meat such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausages, is associated with reduced risk for major diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, even overall mortality. Not all studies agree on the benefits of an outright vegan diet, though – some (including a 2019 review article) found no risk difference between vegans and omnivores for total heart disease and all-cause mortality risk. A recent study, looking at a large cohort – the EPIC Oxford study – even found a higher incidence of stroke in vegans and vegetarians than meat eaters. Source: Diet Wars –Read More →