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Respiratory health experts say global climate change will result in more asthma, allergies, and infectious and cardiovascular diseases. The researchers site direct effects of climate change on respiratory health, such as increases in pollen, but also indirect effects, like infectious diseases carried by displaced populations after extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Japan.
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If obesity and heart disease haven’t stopped you from over-consuming soda, the increased risk of developing a chronic breathing condition just might do the trick. A new study out of the University of Adelaide has shown that too many fizzy drinks can lead to an increased risk of developing asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).