Natural gas flares likely source of respiratory illness spike

Journal Reference: Wesley Blundell, Anatolii Kokoza. Natural gas flaring, respiratory health, and distributional effects. Journal of Public Economics, 2022; 208: 104601 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2022.104601 The paper, recently published in the Journal of Public Economics, examines the environmental health costs of flaring, or burning natural gas by-products during crude oil extraction, in North Dakota between 2007 and … Read more

First evidence indicating dinosaur respiratory infection

Journal Reference: D. Cary Woodruff, Ewan D. S. Wolff, Mathew J. Wedel, Sophie Dennison, Lawrence M. Witmer. The first occurrence of an avian-style respiratory infection in a non-avian dinosaur. Scientific Reports, 2022; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-05761-3 Researchers examined the remains of an immature diplodocid — a long-necked herbivorous sauropod dinosaur, like “Brontosaurus” – dating back … Read more

Coughing downward reduces spread of respiratory droplets, study finds

Journal Reference: Hongping Wang, Zhaobin Li, Yi Liu, Lixing Zhu, Zhideng Zhou. Experimental study of the dispersion of cough-generated droplets from a person going up- or downstairs. AIP Advances, 2022; 12 (1): 015002 DOI: 10.1063/5.0073880 Researchers describe the dispersion of cough-generated droplets that come from people as they walk up and down stairs. In AIP … Read more

Second-hand marijuana smoke exposure associated with respiratory infections in children

Journal Reference: Adam B. Johnson, George S. Wang, Karen Wilson, David M. Cline, Timothy E. Craven, Sarah Slaven, Vidya Raghavan, Rakesh D. Mistry. Association between secondhand marijuana smoke and respiratory infections in children. Pediatric Research, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41390-021-01641-0 Researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, USA surveyed 1,491 parents and caregivers … Read more