Spring is in the air, and so is the pollen! This time of year can be particularly hard for people suffering from asthma or allergies. Do you know what the difference between these respiratory conditions? Get an introduction in the Asthma and Allergies lesson which explain the similarities and differences between these two ailments. Asthma and Allergies: The Science Inside tool features an easy-to-read booklet providing a basic understanding of these conditions, their relationship to each other, and prevention.
Have students research the immune system’s role in allergic reactions in the The Allergy Chronicles lesson. Listen to the podcasts Anti-Asthma Bug to hear about a study linking asthma and allergies to the absence of a common stomach bug and Asthma Patients looking at how people with "difficult-to-treat" asthma may not to be taking their medication regularly. The Science Update Antibiotics and Asthma takes a look at the relationship between antibiotics and the rise in asthma cases. Also, learn how researchers have recently copied a molecule that protects our bodies from our own immune systems in Immune System Passports.