Author Archives: Sarah Cox

About Sarah Cox

Learning and Writing Center Coordinator

Where There’s Smoke, There Might Be Asthma

What you need to know about an HAP, a VOC, and fine particle pollution (or PM, particulate matter) is that all of these things are harmful to your health. An HAP, or hazardous air pollutant, is found in wood smoke … Continue reading

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Asthma and the Polar Vortex

The polar vortex, a swath of low pressure that has pushed waves of arctic air down into our land, has lowered the boom on North America. Temperatures over this past week have not been so frigid in 20 years in … Continue reading

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Norovirus and influenza … the good, the bad, and the best case scenario

Let’s face it:  the words norovirus gastroenteritis and influenza send chills down any strong spine. And these common seasonal illnesses are starting to disrupt the holiday season. The Virginia Department of Health tracks daily data received from emergency departments and … Continue reading

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