5 Things to Know about Pollen Allergies

June 6, 2017 – BLOG – When it comes to pollen allergies, we just don’t know what we don’t know.   There are clear gaps as it relates to our awareness and understanding of pollen exposure and its impact on allergies and asthma.  So, as we enter the summer season and encounter increased pollen, I’ll illuminate 5 issues that I believe …

Environmental Factors – A Determinant of Health Long Neglected and Requiring Adaptation

May 9, 2017 – BLOG – Today, I am speaking on a panel at the National Adaptation Forum, here in St. Paul, Minnesota, entitled, Heat, Floods, and Diseases – Integrating climate change with human health.  When I started having conversations with the climate science community, I’m not sure I envisioned I’d be speaking to this community about my vision for …

Weather Aware->Individual Susceptibility->Personalized Insights->Health Prepared

April 24, 2017 – BLOG – Personalized medicine is all the buzz now as genomics is held out as a magic formula for eradicating disease or treating chronic illness more effectively.  Bending the cost curve may be realized when we eradicate costly types of disease, but in the meantime, personalized health and a focus on social, behavioral, and environmental determinants …

A Season of Respiratory Distress

March 27, 2017 – BLOG – Spring is the season most associated with allergies because many pollen allergens emerge in the spring.  Spring allergy sufferers instinctively know that it’s likely that their predominant pollen allergen is either grasses or trees, because this type of pollen becomes pervasive as grass grows, flowers bloom, and trees bud.  However, few have done the …

An Empowered Patient is an Engaged Patient

March 14, 2017 – Providers often treat patient engagement as only an issue of opening the lines of direct communication with the patient, but what they must consider is what wellness steps or preventative health actions would have the most impact on mitigating the most negative incidences associated with their patients’ illness. In that vein, what data and information would …