WBEZ | asthma http://www.wbez.org/tags/asthma Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weary of high Chicago asthma rates, some lobby Washington http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-05/weary-high-chicago-asthma-rates-some-lobby-washington-107461 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/emb/1414631937/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/A-hazy-Chicago-skyline.-%28Evan-Butterfield-via-Flickr%29_0.jpg" title="A hazy Chicago skyline. (Evan Butterfield via Flickr)" /></a></div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/asthma" target="_blank">asthma</a> hospitalization rate in Chicago remains significantly higher than the national average. While the origins of the disease remain elusive, mounting evidence has made its risk factors more clear, and Chicago has somewhat of a perfect storm for asthma problems.</p><p>Part of the city&rsquo;s above-average rate is demographic. Minorities have a higher prevalence of asthma. Puerto Ricans,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40797298/ns/health-allergies_and_asthma/t/puerto-rico-baffled-high-asthma-rate/#.Uai9_WSG3Os" target="_blank">even when sharing the same environmental conditions as other ethnic groups, suffer higher asthma rates</a>. African-Americans, too, <a href="http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=6170" target="_blank">are significantly more likely to have asthma than non-Hispanic Whites</a>, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>And while the demographic trend is toward higher risk for asthma in cities like Chicago, the &ldquo;triggers&rdquo; that set off asthma attacks are also clustered in and around the nation&rsquo;s major metros.</p><p>&ldquo;Having the disease is one thing. Having it under control is another,&rdquo; said Brian Urbaszewski, director of environmental health programs for <a href="http://www.lungchicago.org/" target="_blank">Respiratory Health Association</a>.</p><p>Based in the West Loop, the nonprofit RHA has worked to fight lung disease since 1906. They promote asthma awareness and education, and have joined with environmental groups to advocate pollution controls for area coal plants. Public health studies <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/six-months-after-fisk-and-crawford-chicago-area-coal-still-struggling" target="_blank">tied Chicago&rsquo;s shuttered Fisk and Crawford coal plants to 2,800 asthma attacks annually</a>.</p><p>Asthma is a chronic disease, meaning there is no cure. But poverty makes it difficult to manage a recurring condition like asthma, which could require a lifetime of treatment.</p><p>&ldquo;Nobody should wind up in the hospital for asthma,&rdquo; Urbaszewski said.</p><p>Yet each year there are thousands of asthma hospitalizations in Chicago alone. Death rates from asthma are particularly high for African Americans and Hispanics, and are concentrated in urban areas, including Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://www.epa.state.il.us/air/aqi/" target="_blank">Air quality in the Chicago area</a> has improved since 2000, following a national trend, but <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/cook-countys-air-quality-gets-f-american-lung-association-106828" target="_blank">The American Lung Association again flunked Chicago in its annual &ldquo;State of the Air&rdquo; report released in April</a>. Local agencies have taken steps to improve air quality awareness, including a new <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/new-flag-program-promote-air-quality-chicago-area-106911" target="_blank">system of colored flags for Chicago schools</a>. But air pollution from vehicle exhaust remains a major factor for poor air quality.</p><p>Urbaszewski recently traveled to Washington to push for <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm" target="_blank">new smog standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency</a>. The EPA is accepting public comments on their Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards program through July 1.</p><p>New research suggests some air pollution might directly cause asthma, as opposed to it just triggering an attack, but the principal cause of the disease remains unclear.</p><p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencecodex.com/road_traffic_pollution_as_serious_as_passive_smoke_in_the_development_of_childhood_asthma-109075" target="_blank">recent study in the <em>European Respiratory Journal</em></a>, the first ever to estimate the how many asthma cases could be linked to road traffic pollution specifically,&nbsp;found car exhaust on par with second-hand smoke. The study said 14 percent of chronic asthma in kids is caused by car exhaust, comparable to the 4 to 18 percent bracket of childhood asthma cases resulting from exposure to second-hand smoke, according to World Health Organization estimates. There are more diesel cars in Europe, however, whose fine particle soot could exacerbate the effect compared to the U.S. auto fleet.&nbsp;</p><p>Whether or not it causes asthma, <a href="http://spatial.usc.edu/index.php/2012/09/near-roadway-air-pollution-a-major-contributor-to-asthma-in-los-angeles-county-usc-research-finds/" target="_blank">car exhaust &mdash; a major contributor of smog, or ground-level ozone &mdash;&nbsp;is a potent trigger for asthma attacks</a>.</p><p>The proposed EPA standards, which wouldn&rsquo;t take effect until 2017, would require auto manufacturers to build heartier catalytic converters &mdash; the car part that chews up noxious chemicals before they exit the tailpipe &mdash; and oil producers to clean sulfur impurities from gasoline. <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/energyenvironment/302573-oil-industry-frets-new-smog-standard-" target="_blank">Oil and gas companies have spoken out against new regulations</a>, which they call an undue burden on the recovering economy. The steps would raise the cost of gas slightly, but proponents of the higher standard say the cost would be about one cent per gallon.</p><p>&ldquo;Are you going to spend that money on pain and suffering,&rdquo; Urbaszewski said, &ldquo;or put it in prevention?&rdquo;</p><p>California already has its own tailpipe standards. While 12 states have adopted California&rsquo;s higher bar, Illinois is among the majority who follow the national standard that currently allows for more smog.</p><p><em>Chris Bentley writes about the environment. Follow him on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/Cementley" target="_blank">@Cementley</a>.</em></p><p><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CD4QFjAB&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fdata.cityofchicago.org%2FHealth-Human-Services%2FPublic-Health-Statistics-Asthma-hospitalizations-i%2Fvazh-t57q%2Fwidget_preview%3Fwidth%3D500%26height%3D425%26variation%3D3q3f-6823&amp;ei=oLuoUYHZCKTgyQGC2YCoAw&amp;usg=AFQjCNGAXsAqrYOcH6IZ61w99DGpxO26gA&amp;sig2=Y2eFbNgvbwUQ89ZGO0yrHg&amp;bvm=bv.47244034,d.aWc" target="_blank">The city&#39;s open data initiative has logged asthma hospitalizations 2000-2011</a>:</p><div><p style="margin-bottom:3px"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Health-Human-Services/Public-Health-Statistics-Asthma-hospitalizations-i/vazh-t57q" style="font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;color:#333333;font-family:arial;" target="_blank">Public Health Statistics - Asthma hospitalizations in Chicago, by year, 2000 - 2011</a></p><iframe frameborder="0" height="425px" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/vazh-t57q/3q3f-6823?cur=0HltekusREY&amp;from=CtTq1Df6F7U" title="Public Health Statistics - Asthma hospitalizations in Chicago, by year, 2000 - 2011" width="610px">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Health-Human-Services/Public-Health-Statistics-Asthma-hospitalizations-i/vazh-t57q&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Health-Human-Services/Public-Health-Statistics-Asthma-hospitalizations-i/vazh-t57q&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Public Health Statistics - Asthma hospitalizations in Chicago, by year, 2000 - 2011&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Public Health Statistics - Asthma hospitalizations in Chicago, by year, 2000 - 2011&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-05/weary-high-chicago-asthma-rates-some-lobby-washington-107461 Activists rejoice as coal-fired plants shut down http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-rejoice-coal-fired-plants-shut-down-102129 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Fisk.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 219px; width: 300px; " title="Built in 1903, the Fisk station stands near Dvorak Park in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. (AP file/M. Spencer Green)" /></p><div>Neighborhood and environmental activists are celebrating as Chicago&rsquo;s last two coal-fired electricity plants enter a three-month decommissioning phase. But the closings are leaving dozens of Midwest Generation workers without a job.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The company, a subsidiary of California-based Edison International, says its Crawford station in the city&rsquo;s Little Village neighborhood burned its last lump of coal more than a week ago after operating since 1924. The Fisk station, constructed in 1903 in nearby Pilsen, shut down Thursday night.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Activists campaigned for more than a decade to close the plants or curb their harmful emissions, which included asthma-triggering soot and carbon dioxide, a contributor to global warming.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Standing near Crawford on Friday afternoon, Rafael Hurtado of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization almost had to pinch himself to make sure he wasn&rsquo;t dreaming.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The smokestack and the chimney are not running,&rdquo; Hurtado observed. &ldquo;The parking lot is empty other than the security guards. This is a victory not only for our organization but Little Village and Pilsen and the city of Chicago.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Local 15 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represented about 135 workers at the plants, says some are accepting retirement packages or transferring to another Midwest Generation site, where they will bump employees with less seniority. The union represents about 700 workers at the company&rsquo;s six Illinois generators.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;There just aren&rsquo;t enough jobs,&rdquo; said Doug Bedinger, a Local 15 business representative for the workers. &ldquo;There will be hardship.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Midwest Generation President Douglas McFarlan said roughly 100 union members are leaving voluntarily while another 50 get laid off.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>McFarlan, meanwhile, said the company is trying to sell the Chicago sites. The timing of environmental remediation &ldquo;depends on the interests&rdquo; of the buyers, he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s part of the sales process,&rdquo; McFarlan said, adding that a school might have different cleanup needs than a warehouse.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The closings resulted partly from federal clean-air rules requiring Midwest Generation to retrofit its plants. McFarlan said a bigger factor was the rise of natural gas production, which has put downward pressure on energy prices. &ldquo;We just can&rsquo;t run profitably,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-rejoice-coal-fired-plants-shut-down-102129 Bill would push breastfeeding in Illinois hospitals http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-would-push-breastfeeding-illinois-hospitals-98730 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Gabel.JPG" style="margin: 6px 0px 0px 15px; float: right; width: 265px; height: 372px;" title="The measure’s author, Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, predicts an impact on mothers who envisioned using formula. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>A bill heading toward a final vote in Springfield would make Illinois one of the first states to require hospitals to adopt an infant feeding policy that promotes breast milk.</p><p>Under the measure, which passed a state Senate committee Tuesday, any hospital in Illinois that provides birthing services would develop its policy with guidance from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a pro-breastfeeding effort of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, better known as UNICEF. Hospitals would post the policy “in a conspicuous place” and “routinely communicate” it to all obstetric and neonatal staffers, beginning with their orientation, according to the bill.</p><p>The legislation, HB4968, would allow hospitals to help mothers use formula if medically necessary or if the women preferred it. But the bill’s author, Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, predicts her measure would have an impact on mothers who had never envisioned breastfeeding.</p><p>“Once the nurses talk to them and explain the benefits to the children — how it prevents obesity, many acute chronic diseases, [sudden infant death syndrome], asthma and allergies — mothers may be much more likely to breastfeed than they were before,” said Gabel, who modeled the legislation on a California law that will take effect in 2014.</p><p>The Illinois Hospital Association helped craft the bill and supports its passage, according to Nichole Magalis, the group’s senior director of government relations.</p><p>The House approved the measure in a 107-0 vote March 21. Sponsored in the Senate by Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, the bill passed the Senate Public Health Committee in a 9-0 vote Tuesday. The timing of a Senate floor vote is unclear.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has not taken a position on the bill, according to a spokeswoman. It would take effect January 1, 2013.</p></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-would-push-breastfeeding-illinois-hospitals-98730 Women’s hospital aims for ‘baby friendly’ status http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/breast feeding_Flickr_thekmancom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. (AP/File)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-08/Prentice.jpg" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 254px; height: 380px;" title="The facility, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, delivers about 12,000 babies a year. (AP/File)">A hospital that delivers more than a quarter of babies born in Chicago is entering an international program that aims to improve the health of both newborns and their mothers. The program focuses on breastfeeding.</p><p>Prentice Women’s Hospital, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is planning to follow 10 guidelines set by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.</p><p>The guidelines include helping mothers begin breastfeeding within an hour of birth, providing infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically necessary, giving no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding babies and allowing mothers and newborns to room together around the clock.</p><p>Prentice, one of eight Chicago hospitals to apply for the baby-friendly status so far, delivers about 12,000 infants a year, more than any other facility in the city. The path toward the designation includes extensive staff training and new hospital policies. The process could last years.</p><p>“All the staff in the hospital will get some exposure to what it means to be a baby-friendly hospital,” said Adam Becker, executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, a federally funded group that works with the city to help hospitals enter the international program. “Then there are many categories of staff that do more hands-on training.”</p><p>“If Prentice takes all these steps,” Becker added, “roughly 27 percent of babies born in Chicago and their mothers will have access to the most supportive environment possible to encourage breastfeeding from birth.”</p><p>But the program has a downside, according to Dr. Maura Quinlan, vice chairwoman of the Illinois section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The main issue is time, especially documenting the whole process and the 10 steps,” she said. “I don’t think many smaller hospitals have the resources to go through the application.”</p><p>“The designation is something the hospital can show on its website but it doesn’t mean that other hospitals don’t provide the same services,” said Quinlan, who delivers babies at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.</p><p>Prentice’s quest for baby-friendly status marks a turnaround of sorts. Years ago the hospital eliminated many of its lactation-specialist positions.</p><p>Illinois birth-certificate data for the six months ending last July 31 suggest that about 80 percent of Prentice newborns breastfed there. By that measure, the hospital ranked sixth among 19 facilities that deliver babies in the city.</p><p>The first hospital in Chicago to apply for the baby-friendly status was Holy Cross last summer. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006">A top official there said a WBEZ report</a> about the hospital’s breastfeeding performance made improvement a priority.</p><p>The other Chicago applicants include Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, the University of Illinois Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center and Roseland Community Hospital.</p><p>More than 15,000 facilities in 134 countries have earned the baby-friendly status since the program’s 1991 launch, according to UNICEF. In the United States, just 125 hospitals had received the designation by December, according to New York-based Baby-Friendly USA Inc., a chapter of the international program. The only two in Illinois are Pekin Hospital in downstate Pekin and St. John’s Hospital, further south in Springfield.</p><p>U.S. health officials say breastfeeding helps newborns avoid infections, obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. For mothers, they say it reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get no solids or liquids other than breast milk for the first six months of life.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 New Illinois commission to promote environmental justice http://www.wbez.org/story/new-illinois-commission-promote-environmental-justice-90681 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/Fisk Flickr Carlyn Crispell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois has a new environmental law that's designed to protect minorities and the poor.</p><p>The Environmental Justice Act, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday, will create the new Commission on Environmental Justice, which will be&nbsp;composed of lawmakers, citizens, health experts, environmental advocates and businesses. The commission's charge will be to prevent economically disadvantaged communities from bearing the bulk of the effects of industrial pollution and other environmental risks.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative Will Davis, D-East Hazel Crest,&nbsp;is one of the law's principal backers. He says several communities deserve to have extra environmental scrutiny. One example Davis cites is Altgeld Gardens, a primarily African-American community on Chicago's South Side.</p><p>"It sits directly across the street from a huge landfill," Davis said. "It has been reported or alleged that there are higher incidences of cancer-related illnesses and deaths in comparison to other communities."</p><p>Davis hopes the new Commission on Environmental Justice will find all sites that pose environmental risks to Illinoisans. The commission is expected to review state environmental laws and policies, and then make recommendations to the governor and general assembly.<br> <br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 23:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-illinois-commission-promote-environmental-justice-90681 Researchers to study whether vitamin D could help asthma medications http://www.wbez.org/story/researchers-study-whether-vitamin-d-could-help-asthma-medications-90304 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-09/Asthma inhaler_Flicker_Wine me up.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Researchers in Chicago want asthma patients for a study on whether vitamin D pills can make inhaled steroids work better.</p><p>The research may help answer why inhaled steroids alone don't work in some people with asthma. It could be that people with low levels of vitamin D don't respond as well to the drugs. The study aims to examine whether adding vitamin D could fix that.</p><p>Dr. Lewis Smith at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University's Feinberg medical school is lead investigator. He says the possibility that improving treatment might be as easy as taking a vitamin is exciting.</p><p>The study is part of asthma research involving the University of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center and Children's Memorial Hospital.</p><p>Adults aged 18 and up can participate. For details, call 312-926-0975.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/researchers-study-whether-vitamin-d-could-help-asthma-medications-90304 Power-plant emissions bill dead, but not for long http://www.wbez.org/story/power-plant-emissions-bill-dead-not-long-85522 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-21/hardhats.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A proposal for Chicago to regulate exhaust from coal-fired power plants may be dying. But the bill’s sponsor, Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, says it will come back to life soon.</p><p>Moore’s legislation is stuck in a joint City Council committee chaired by Alds. Virginia Rugai, 19th, and James Balcer, 11th — close allies of Mayor Richard M. Daley, who opposes the bill. But Moore says he will introduce a similar version after Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel takes office next month and a new City Council convenes.</p><p>The proposal targets fine particulate matter, known as soot, that many health experts blame for respiratory diseases. It would also impose one of the nation’s first limits on emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.</p><p>California-based Edison International, which owns coal-fired generators in two mostly Latino neighborhoods of Chicago, dispatched a top Latino executive to a Chicago City Council hearing Thursday. Pedro Pizarro, president of a company arm called Edison Mission Group, warned that the regulations would force the plants offline.</p><p>“If we take on, unilaterally, costs that our competitors don’t, we can’t compete,” Pizarro told WBEZ after the hearing. “We don’t protect the jobs for employees. We don’t end up serving our customers.”</p><p>The company’s Fisk and Crawford plants, which stand in Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, together employ about 185 workers. The company sells the electricity in the wholesale market.</p><p>Moore accused Pizarro of crying wolf. “Business and industry always claim we’re going to drive them out of business,” the alderman said. “And you know what? If you push them hard enough, they’ll do what they need to do. We have a cleaner environment and a stronger economy as a result.”</p><p>Spectators packed the council chambers for the hearing. Edison’s local unit, Midwest Generation, bused in about 300 employees. Many wore hard hats and blue work shirts. Outside the hearing, they chanted, “Save our jobs!”</p><p>A similar number of environmentalists and neighborhood activists attended to urge the bill’s passage. They tried to hijack the workers’ chant, changing it to, “Save our lives!”</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/power-plant-emissions-bill-dead-not-long-85522 An asthma sufferer revisits the hospital experiences of her past http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/asthma-sufferer-revisits-hospital-experiences-her-past <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/inhaler.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Fall and winter can be precarious times of the year for youngsters. Kids get lots of colds, the flu, and sometimes worse. There are also chronic conditions specific to childhood. Some kids spend much of their early years in a fragile-health zone.</p><p>Take children with asthma. Their activity is often limited, they are subject to regular treatments as well as occasional frantic trips to the hospital.</p><p>For WBEZ, Pritzker Journalism Fellow Icoi Johnson set out to get some perspective on those kind of experiences from her childhood.</p><p><em>Music Button: Ohn, &quot;Search The Heart For Something Real&quot;, from the CD In The End All Things Begin, (Ill Dough Productions) </em><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/asthma-sufferer-revisits-hospital-experiences-her-past