Contributed Article: Indoor Air Pollution and Babies

How does Indoor Air Pollution Affect a Baby’s Health? Indoor air pollution is something many homes in America struggle with, since studies show that the quality of indoor air can be two to five times worse than it is outside. Particulate matter emanating from furniture, toxic cleaning products, and paint (to name just a few indoor toxins) can harm the …

Contributed Article: Dealing With Winter Allergies

More than 50 million Americans struggle with allergies each year, making it the sixth leading cause of chronic illness is the US. Winter allergies can be triggered by indoor air pollutants and plants that pollinate during the winter. Winter allergies can exacerbate asthma symptoms too, particularly if the asthma is worse with the cold weather, so it’s important to manage symptoms and avoid allergens as much …

Back in School and Asthma Trigger Awareness

Nearly 6 million children living with asthma are now well back in school, which means parents and caregivers, teachers and coaches, and school nurses and administrators, need to know the asthma triggers for the children in their care.  More importantly they need to know the outdoor conditions that may impact these children.  The school is usually well prepped to mitigate …

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 …