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The American Lung Association has released their "State of the Air" report for 2022. Search your state and ZIP code to see how your city measures up against others for High Ozone Days, Particle Pollution, and Groups at Risk. You can also view "Report Cards" on the cleanest cites or the most polluted cities in the country.
Allergy Capitals has released their 2022 Asthma and Allergy Report. In this edition, you can find information on how to improve your quality of life if you suffer from seasonal allergies, how COVID-19 impacted those with allergies, the annual state allergy ranking, and more.
The American Lung Association has released their "State of Tobacco Control" to provide statistics on how tobacco use and secondhand smoke impact health, the ways in which tobacco prevention methods have been implemented and to what degree they've been proven effective, and how your state measures up against others for various tobacco-related variables.
Dr. Meredith McCormack explains that wildfires create intense air pollution made up of particulate matter, air toxins, carbon monoxide, and other harmful substances. People at risk of experiencing the most harmful effects of the wildfire pollution include those with preexisting pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses, and pregnant people. Dr. McCormack urges summer travelers to "listen to public health authorities" to avoid areas with the greatest risk, protect yourself, and come up with a plan in the event of a wildfire.
Dr. Meredith McCormack weighs in on how a dust cloud from Africa's Sahara Desert may impact the health of those who are living in its path. If the cloud of dust reaches land, the fine particles that it brings with it could irritate people's eyes, noses, and throats, or even increase the chances of asthma attacks or COPD flare-ups. Some weather monitoring services predict that the dust cloud will reach the Gulf Coast, others are showing that the cloud will bypass most of the United States altogether.
Air pollution exposure may now be added to the list of covid-19 risk factors alongside older age, obesity, and immunocompromised status. Dr. Meredith McCormack notes that exposure to air pollution may lead to a more severe viral response by increasing oxidative stress, impairing your immune response, or possibly allowing the virus to travel farther into the body's cells.
“When we can improve indoor air quality in schools, we’re improving it for a community of children.” Dr. Meredith McCormack comments on how properly filtering air in schools can improve children's health and academic success. The air quality in schools, where children spend a large portion of their day, can have either a positive or negative influence on their lung development and risk for asthma attacks.
Dr. Hansel is embarking on a new research study to learn if there is a link between diet and pulmonary disease symptoms, like COPD. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be the key to alleviating disease flare-ups, but these foods may be harder to come by for those living in Baltimore City, where the new study is taking place.
Dr. Meredith McCormack weighs in on how the smog and pollution covering Beijing, China, may impact the performance and lung health of athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Those who will perform at high altitudes or who have pre-existing conditions, like asthma, may be especially at risk.
Doctors Meredith McCormack and Darryn Waugh are leading a pilot project in Baltimore to calculate dangerously hot areas across the city in the summer months. They hope this heat map will lead to environmental innovations that will help alleviate the symptoms of pulmonary disorders that are often triggered by the heat and humidity.
Kirsten Koehler, Ph.D provides tips on how to fly safely during the COVID-19 pandemic in an Elite Daily article.
Pulse oximeters have been very popular to use for COVID-19 patients because they're a painless way to measure blood oxygen levels, however, Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos explains how they may give inaccurate readings to people of color due to darker skin pigment absorbing more light than lighter skin pigment.
Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos advises individuals to try to quit smoking and/or vaping now as it could make their lungs more susceptible to COVID-19, with more severe symptoms. Dr. Galiatsatos also reported in an INSIDER interview, that individuals who smoke marijuana regularly are more likely to experience severe COVID-19 symptoms due to lung cell death caused by inhaled marijuana smoke.
Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos discusses the possible long-term consequences for athletes who contract COVID-19 in this New York Times article
On Oct. 2 2020, President Trump confirmed he had COVID-19. While in the hospital President Trump received a cocktail of drugs, including some experimental. Bioethicists worry about the consequences of allowing the powerful and wealthy to recieve experimental treatment when thousands are still dying from the infection.
CBS News follows Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos as he teams up with members of the Baltimore community to address racial and ethical health disparities related to COVID-19 in the community.
Kirsten Koehler, Ph.D is currently working on a project to improve our understanding of the benefits of cool roofs that could be deployed in cities globally to mitigate the impacts of climate change and improve health equity
In an ABC News Report Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos addresses his concern over Californian wildfires and how the smoke produced can increase the severity of COVID-19.
Dr. Emily Brigham, who is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU SOM), explained to the New York Times that is is possible that different fats can affect childhood asthma symptoms differently. For example, in her study, Dr. Brigham found that while omega-3 fatty acids in foods may reduce symptoms of childhood asthma, omega-6 fats may actually aggravate them
Dr. Ana Rule, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health share her research into the health effects of vaping NPR. The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette or vaping-related acute lung injuries, but Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos believes there are several more toxins in vaping products, espically those containg THC, that are yet to be identified that are disrupting not only a person's lung cell but also their immune cells.
Even for people who rarely smoke rarely, studies say that incremental lung and heart damage can escalate over time. Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos explains that even people who only smoke 1 or 2 cigarettes at social occasions aren't immune to the health dangers of smoking, particularly when it comes to lung and cardiovascular health.
In a Pulmonary Advisor article, Dr. Meredith McCormack explains why shared decision-making between providers and patients can improve disease control, lung function, treatment adherence, and quality of life
Dr. Meredith McCormack shares with Smart Cities Drive that living next to major highways can increase an individual's chance for developing asthma.
Dr. Meredith McCormack provides insight in a HealthDay article on how wildfire pollution can affect the health of children's respiratory systems even into adulthood.
A Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health study found a relationship between levels of the synthetic chemical BPA (Bisphenol A) in urine and asthma symptoms in children from low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore
In a Washington Post article, Dr. Elizabeth Matsui and Dr. Meredith McCormack comment on how allergens found at school can be affecting children with asthma.
A new study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine finds vitamin D may be protective among obese children with asthma living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution.
Exposure to wood smoke and other pollutants in the ozone found in most urban and some rural communities can play a role in an individual's health. News Medical goes over two studies led by Johns Hopkins University researchers that describe the impact of pollution on lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in the U.S.
Dr. Nadia Hansel recently contributed to a new study conducted at the McGill University in determining a relationship between internal lung anatomy and increased risk of developing COPD
Dr. Nadia Hansel participated in a UCSF led, multisite study looking to see if the current diagnostic criteria for COPD were accurate or not.
Dr. Meredith McCormack highlights key findings in the American Lung Association's 21st annual State of the Air report and suggests how the information can help guide your conversations with patients—especially with those who are at high risk .