Measuring the Increasing Threat of Daily Air Pollution

Asheville, NC – August 30, 2018 – Every day I read another article about the increased health impacts of our daily air pollution.  The World Health Organization estimates 4.2 million deaths every year as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution.  Unfortunately, the air pollution measurement infrastructure in the US and around the world is woefully inadequate to …

Ragweed Allergy Season is Upon Us

Asheville, NC – August 15, 2018 – Based on the articles from media outlets beginning last week and continuing, it’s clear that the onset of ragweed pollen is upon us.  In the Twin Cities, ragweed allergy season is here.  In Detroit, it’s just around the corner. These articles are helpful in characterizing the challenges for those who suffer from ragweed …

What’s a haboob? …. the fascinating vocabulary of growing climate threats!

Asheville, NC – August 6, 2018 – Because of my focus on personalizing exposure health for allergy and asthma sufferers, I survey daily the many articles related to the weather, climate and the environment as it impacts health broadly, but specifically, respiratory conditions.  What’s fascinating is the vocabulary that is emerging in the mainstream because phenomena previously perceived as occasional …

It’s hot! It’s humid. It’s time for a health-context weather forecast for allergy and asthma sufferers.

June 21, 2018 – Asheville, NC – With the official start of summer this morning at 6:07am, HEALTHeWeather is launching our product landing page for DailyBreath.  As much of the country experiences hot temperatures and high humidity, converging with air pollution and pollen to create risky conditions for asthma sufferers, we are bringing a new approach to managing this risk. …

Exposure Health – A New Power Model

May 4th, 2018 – Asheville, NC – Not being a climatologist, meteorologist, or environmental health specialist is a challenge when you are trying to raise awareness of the exposure impacts of the weather and the environment on health.  However, that’s because the model for the distribution of weather and environmental knowledge and information is based on old power.  We have …

Why a Learning System for Triggers?

May 2, 2018 –  Asheville, NC – The hypotheses when we started DailyBreath was that weather converged with air pollution and pollen to raise the risk of a respiratory patient experiencing symptoms or, worse, breathing difficulty resulting in a respiratory attack. Evidence-based research supported by CASE Consultants International found studies that validated that there was an increase in symptoms and …

Timing, the Weather, and Allergies

May 1, 2018 – Asheville, NC – May is National Asthma Awareness Month. Today is World Asthma Day.   60% of adults and 90% of children with asthma have allergies. Unfortunately, 40% of those with allergies have never been tested to determine their predominant allergens.  Every allergy season is different, in part, because of ever-changing weather conditions.  This year is no …

The Onset of Pollen: When Will You Be at Risk?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Last year, it was reported in some regions that because of warmer temperatures the onset of pollen allergy season occurred earlier than normal for their region. In addition, often the combination of warm temperatures along with increased precipitation was estimated to contribute to robust plant growth and, thus, more pollen spores released into the atmosphere. …

Asthma Risks in the Winter

Monday, December 18, 2017 – The Winter Solstice arrives this Thursday, December 21st, at 11:28AM EST.  Winter is not usually known for traditional exposures that often impact asthma like high pollen presence.  However, in certain parts of the country, specific trees are pollen producing during the winter months. Mountain cedar, found predominantly in Southwest US, notably south and central Texas, …

Air Pollution and Pollen Exposure in the United States – We lack the necessary exposure sensor infrastructure to inform vulnerable populations

Thursday, November 30, 2017 – I was pleased to participate yesterday in a one-day workshop presented by the National Science Foundation ASSIST Center hosted by the North Carolina State University ASSIST Center in support of the Department of Defense.  The workshop was entitled, Warfighter Wearables in 2020: Human Performance Monitoring on the Edge.  One of the three focus areas, and …