Thunderstorm Asthma

It was only after it settled down that we realised what we had achieved. In a 24 hour period our emergency department would typically see around 200 patients. During “Thunderstorm Asthma,” over a 12-hour period between 7pm and 7 am we treated 296 patients; 208 of them had respiratory symptoms. Of these patients 170 went home, 36 were admitted including four that went to the intensive care unit. The peak occurred at 9pm, when 43 patients arrived in an hour.  It wasn’t until 2am before our numbers dropped below 20 an hour.

Source: Thunderstorm asthma: ‘It was like a war zone,’ emergency doctor says

Here`s why.

Source: Thunderstorm asthma – Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)


Diabetes Takes Heavy Mortality Toll in Mexico | Medpage Today

The all-cause mortality rate was more than five times higher in Mexicans ages 35 to 59 with diabetes than in their non-diabetic counterparts (rate ratio 5.4, 95% CI 5.0-6.0), reported Jonathan Emberson, PhD, of Oxford University in England, and colleagues.

Source: Diabetes Takes Heavy Mortality Toll in Mexico | Medpage Today