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World Athletics Championships, Doha: Did air quality have an impact?

Did air quality affect the results in Doha? Probably yes. The World Athletics Championships 2019 took place in Doha, Qatar, September 27th-October 6th. As we have noted in another post, in late September 2019 the deserts town in the Middle East, such as Mecca and Dubai, experienced extraordinary poor air quality. Although we did not …

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One third of childhood asthma cases in Europe linked to air pollution

Ever wondered if passing all those gas-guzzlers on the way to kindergarten has anything to do with your kid’s coughing? A recent research project suggests you’re right. A team of scientists at Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) have studied links between childhood asthma and air pollution in Europe. It’s not exactly a micro-study in a Naples …

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Vaccine pills for birch pollen

Vaccine pills for birch pollen allergy become available. Up to now, vaccine against birch pollen allergy has been given as injections, administered by doctors. This has been cumbersome and time-consuming. In the beginning of the treatment, the patient has to get three injections every week, with long waiting times between each shot. In June 2019, …

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