Melbourne epidemic thunderstorm asthma event 2016: Lessons learnt from the perfect storm
How does climate change threaten the health and survival of humans? Beyond obvious threats like heatstroke, doctors and other scientists suspect climate change factored in the 2012 Dallas epidemic of West Nile encephalitis and the spread of other tropical diseases shared by mosquitos. One physician expert points to climate change as a contributing factor for allergies, asthma, worse COPD conditions, and heart attacks. Physicians will address this timely issue and more during the 2020 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference in Austin this week.
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CONCLUSION: This study supports the view that GP services made a substantial contribution to the emergency response on the evening of the TA epidemic that occurred in Melbourne in 2016. Demands on resources were considerable during and after the epidemic yet GP staff showed great resilience increasing clinic surge capacity. Our findings indicate significant barriers at an organisational level including resource limitations, inadequate operational information and the absence of timely communication channels that impaired the response of GP services during a TA event. PMID: 31860370 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
ute; Pierre J. Talbot Respiratory viruses infect the human upper respiratory tract, mostly causing mild diseases. However, in vulnerable populations, such as newborns, infants, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals, these opportunistic pathogens can also affect the lower respiratory tract, causing a more severe disease (e.g., pneumonia). Respiratory viruses can also exacerbate asthma and lead to various types of respiratory distress syndromes. Furthermore, as they can adapt fast and cross the species barrier, some of these pathogens, like influenza A and SARS-CoV, have occasionally caused epidemics or pandem...
CONCLUSIONS: IIV immunization in children with pre-existing medical conditions does not reduce all cause RI episodes encountered in primary care during the influenza season. PMID: 31859200 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Rationale: We aimed to study wheezing recurrence after bronchiolitis from different RSV genotypes: RSVA NA1 and ON1, and RSVB BA.Methods: We prospectively enrolled term infants
Asthma and obesity are among the most common chronic childhood disorders, both having had a parallel dramatic increase in prevalence worldwide in recent decades. The parallel epidemics of asthma and obesity over the past few decades have spurred research into obesity as a risk factor for asthma. However, little is known regarding the impact of asthma on obesity incidence. In a large-scale prospective study, we assess effects of allergies on BMI at age 7 (n=5,158) in Japan. Parents completed the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood questionnaires about symptoms of allergic diseases (wheeze, rhinoconjunct...
Introduction: Bronchiolitis is the most common cause of hospitalization in infants and recent evidences in literature suggest its heterogeneity.Aims and Objectives: Our aim was to investigate whether different clinical profiles exist among infants hospitalised with bronchiolitis.Methods: we consecutively enrolled children
CONCLUSION: We found evidence to suggest that grass pollen was a necessary factor for thunderstorm asthma but there are other as yet unrecognised environmental factors that may also be important. Further research is required to examine the role of fungi and other environmental factors such as air quality as potential effect modifiers of the association. PMID: 31759647 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
By Mark HurleyWASHINGTON DC, Oct 23 2019 (IPS) New information published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that action taken by just 11 countries – most of them low- or middle-income – has resulted in 20 million fewer adult tobacco users in 2017 compared with 2008. Seventy percent of the world’s tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries. This promising progress is a testament to strong government action and its effects are far reaching. Between 2008 and 2017, over 53 million fewer adults were exposed to secondhand smoke in indoor public places like restaurants, government bu...