Early life exposure to air pollution and incidence of childhood asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema

By |2020-03-23T11:25:03+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

Abstract Rationale There is growing evidence that air pollution may contribute to the development of childhood asthma and other allergic diseases. In this follow-up of the Toronto Child Health Evaluation Questionnaire (T-CHEQ) study, we examined associations between early life exposures to air pollution and incidence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema from birth through adolescence. [...]

Human transport of thirdhand tobacco smoke: A prominent source of hazardous air pollutants into indoor nonsmoking environments

By |2020-03-23T11:24:58+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

Abstract The contamination of indoor nonsmoking environments with thirdhand smoke (THS) is an important, poorly understood public health concern. Real-time THS off-gassing from smokers into a nonsmoking movie theater was observed with online and offline high-resolution mass spectrometry. Prominent emission events of THS tracers (e.g., 2,5-dimethylfuran, 2-methylfuran, and acetonitrile) and other tobacco-related volatile organic compounds [...]

Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing

By |2020-03-22T11:11:23+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Taiwan is 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to have the second highest number of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to its proximity to and number of flights between China.1 The country has 23 million citizens of which 850 000 reside in and 404 000 work in China.2,3 In 2019, 2.71 million [...]

Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors

By |2020-03-22T11:11:22+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportuhttps://www.statnews.com/2020/03/03/who-is-getting-sick-and-how-sick-a-breakdown-of-coronavirus-risk-by-demographic-factors/nity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19. It’s also possible being male could put you at increased risk. For both medical and public health reasons, researchers want to figure out who’s most at risk of [...]

US COVID-19 cases top 400, including first in DC

By |2020-03-22T11:11:04+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

As testing capacity ramps up in the United States, at least eight more states—plus Washington, DC—reported their first COVID-19 cases, and affected states reported more infections, raising the nation’s overall total to at least 417, according to online tracking sources. In other developments, federal health officials said yesterday that 21 of the initial 46 people [...]

China now has to fight coronavirus AND bird flu: ‘Highly pathogenic’ avian influenza hits two Chinese provinces near Hubei

By |2020-03-22T11:10:58+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Some 1,840 fowl were killed by the H5N6 virus in Sichuan, China said yesterday 4,500 chickens had died of the H5N1 bug in Hunan, officials reported on Feb. 1 Four cases of bird flu outbreaks were also recorded in Xinjiang in January alone The news comes as Beijing drains all its medical resources to fight coronavirus [...]

Italy COVID-19 surge triggers massive lockdown; US cases pass 500

By |2020-03-22T11:10:46+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

A dramatic jump in Italy’s COVID-19 cases and deaths today made it the second worst-hit country behind China, as the country announced a massive lockdown affecting 16 million, and in the United States, the number of new cases steadily rose with at least four more states reporting their first cases. In other developments, plans are [...]

Coronavirus spread could last into next year, but impact could be blunted, CDC official says

By |2020-03-22T11:10:42+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Atop federal health official said Monday that the evolving coronavirus outbreak could persist in the United States into next year, while stressing that public health interventions could still reduce the spread of the virus and cases of illness and death. “As the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the U.S. will at some point, either [...]

Italy expands COVID-19 lockdown to whole country

By |2020-03-21T10:53:46+00:00March 21st, 2020|

Italy today expanded its COVID-19 lockdown to include the whole country, affecting about 60 million people, as the World Health Organization (WHO) today said the threat of a pandemic from the COVID-19 virus is very real, signaling a tone of increased urgency. Italy’s announcement marks the first time a whole country has been placed on [...]