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 …

Even After the 1st Frost, Asthma Risks Remain!

Monday, November 27, 2017 – Most parts of the country have experienced their first frost of the year, signaling the end of a longer allergy season than usual because of lingering warm temperatures.  While 75% of asthma patients have allergies and the absence of pollen would lead many to lower their guard in the winter, there are still specific weather …

Exposure Awareness, Monitoring, and Risks

Takeaways from a Workshop on Climate and Respiratory Health Tuesday, November 14 – Last week I was pleased to participate on Thursday as a speaker at the Climate and Respiratory Health Workshop convened by Case Consultants International and sponsored by  sponsors Clean Air Carolina, Green Built Alliance, and with collaboration from NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-NC (CICS)and The Collider, a nonprofit …

The Extremes, “It’s not a band.”

October 23rd – We treat extreme weather events seriously in the moment, but the residual effects of those events are often neglected. We focus on the loss of life and loss of property and well we should, but there are additional impacts that are often neglected as the event becomes a distant memory to the public. Victims of Hurricane Harvey …

A Primer on DailyBreath

October 10th – Now that I’ve detailed the value proposition for DailyBreath, let’s get into the use of the app on a daily basis.  We’re receiving feedback from users and doing our own customer interviews to develop our updates and improve the product as quickly as possible.  We haven’t asked a lot for you to include in your profile.  For …

Ragweed – A Seasonal Allergy – This year: Increased Volume, Intensity, Duration

October 9th – It’s fortuitous that DailyBreath is launching during the peak of ragweed season for many across the country.  Multiple articles highlight that for various reasons, the volume, intensity, and duration of the ragweed pollen season are much worse than normal for many locations, including Austin, TX (a residual effect of Hurricane Harvey), and Bridgeport, CT (warmer temperatures later …