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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …