News & Notes

Welcome to the News & Notes section of the WIND Study Website


Check in below for the latest news on respiratory health and for updates on the WIND Study– this is where you can read articles about bronchiolitis or look over our latest newsletter. Feel free to fill out our contact form and let us know if there are any topics you’d like to read more about.


Please keep in mind while reading that the websites and articles linked to below do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the WIND Study. News articles and excerpts from scientific literature are provided here simply to give you a snapshot of the current discourse on children’s respiratory health—they are items we hope you might find relevant and interesting to read! They are not in any way meant to sway or influence you; please remember always to consult your child’s primary care provider if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health.


In the Literature: Pets and Respiratory Health

In an article published last summer in the journal Pediatrics, researchers in Finland took a close look at pets and their impact on children’s respiratory health. The results?  In a group of about 400 Finnish children, followed from birth to age 1, those with a dog or cat at home seemed to […]

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Newsletter Winter 2012-3

Here is our winter newsletter (you can read it in Spanish, too)! In this issue, explore the flu in-depth, learn some more about food allergies and asthma, and get to know one of the study’s co-investigators, Dr. Jonathan Mansbach.

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Google Flu Trends

What if we could track the spread of the flu by what people were searching for on the internet? Google has found a way to do just that—Google Flu Trends uses Google search data to track and estimate flu activity world-wide. When the Google flu estimates based […]

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Happy Holidays from the WIND Study!

Check back in January for new articles, updates, and news posts. In the meanwhile, we wish you and your families happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

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Newsletter Fall 2012

Here is our Fall 2012 Newsletter— the second in a series of newsletters designed to keep you updated on the study and to give you some interesting facts related to respiratory health. In this issue, learn more about the virus RSV, read up on the important airways […]

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In the Literature: Different environments, different viruses

In a recent article published online by The Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers were interested in knowing whether inner-city children and suburban children had different viruses causing their respiratory infections. Interestingly enough, the researchers were not able to detect as many viruses responsible for the respiratory illnesses […]

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RSV Season by US Region, 2010-11

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is one of the leading causes of severe respiratory infections in children. Fortunately, RSV season can often be anticipated, due to yearly monitoring of RSV outbreaks in the US by the United States National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS). While the RSV […]

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Study Update

The WIND Study is gearing up to begin its second year of recruitment! Starting November first, we will start enrolling more children and families– and this year we’ll be recruiting from 10 more hospitals across the US. You can see the full list of participating hospitals here.

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In the Literature: Swabs

In an article published in Pediatrics in 2008, the authors compare the ability of nasopharyngeal aspirates (NPA) and nose-throat swabs (NTS) to identify respiratory viruses in children. Sound familiar? In the hospital an NPA was collected from your child, and we have asked you to collect a variety […]

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AAP Updates Recommendations for Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its recommendations on the use of the seasonal flu vaccine for the 2012-13 flu season. You can read the policy statement here.

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