Avoiding burger and fries good for everyone, and asthmatics

Good news regarding the research into triggers for asthmatics – a link has been found between fatty foods and asthma.

Fast-food burgers and other fatty foods increase lung inflammation in people with asthma and obstruct the effect of their inhalers, researchers are warning.

Rates of asthma — the most common chronic respiratory disease in Canada— have increased dramatically in westernized societies in recent decades.

In Canada, 2.2 million people age 12 and over, and more than 485,000 children ages four to 11 have been diagnosed with asthma, according to the Canadian Lung Association.

The increase in prevalence suggests environmental factors — including diet — may play a role, and “westernized diets are known to be relatively higher in fat than traditional diets,” says Lisa Wood, a research fellow of the University of Newcastle, in Australia.

If you are going on vacation then ensure you have taken out asthma travel insurance so you are covered from excessive medical costs abroad.

Cleaning up a country!

For Slovenia, April 17, 2010 was marked by a massive national cleaning action, in which the participants cleaned several illegal dumping sites and picked up scattered litter across the country.

A group of young people, inspired by a similar action in Estonia in 2008, promoted the idea of cleaning up the entire country – in one day! The idea was soon backed up by several partners and supporters, and nation-wide campaign started.

The campaign managed to involve and connect more or less the entire nation, including the Government, the President of Slovenia, local municipalities and organisations, media partners, Olympic committee of Slovenia, tourist organisations, Slovenian Army, Fire-fighters, trash management companies, Slovenian universities, schools and kindergartens, etc. – with several companies and well-known individuals backing up the campaign and the project