The rates of childhood asthma in the United States rose 160 percent from 1980 to 1994 and have remained high ever since, making this chronic lung illness the country's third most common pediatric disease. QUEST meets Bay Area researchers who are investigating possible environmental and social culprits.
And live in an aquarium in my living room? A fish tank calms my nerves. A fish tank connects me to the sea. A fish tank brings peacefulness into my hectic world. These are the words of marine aquarium owners. The lure of a tropical fish tank is clear: they are mesmerizing and colorful, they […]
There is a lot we don't know about our DNA and how it works. While there seems to be news every week about genetics, scientists are still in the early stages of finding out what effect our genes have on us (check out this post from another QUEST blogger, Dr. Barry Starr). That's what the […]
How to prepare your pets for a disaster.Remember Katrina and the thousands of pets left behind, as heartbroken people headed for shelters? Or how about the many people who refused rescue because their pets could not join them? I know I didn't remember, because when I heard a presentation by Karen Oberdorfer, Pet Disaster Ambassador, […]
It’s 8:15 am on a sunny Monday; time to head to work. Got my work bag? Check. Keys? Check. Purse? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Waste-free, organic lunch? Check. Cat Carrier? Check. I gather my 6 month-old cats, Bear and Elphia, and off I go. I first brought them to work as tiny kittens out of necessity. […]
Nyla – found safe and soundYesterday, a 10:00 am Text Message from friend stated: My Dog Nyla had disappeared. I could use some help. My reply: Whatever you need. I know what it is like to have a missing pet. When my cat Tucker slipped out two years ago around the winter holidays, I was […]