May 7 is World Asthma Day.
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
According to World Health Organization estimates, 300 million people suffer from asthma and itís the most common chronic disease among children.
Education is a key part of controlling asthma and the World Asthma Foundation is helping to inform asthma sufferers, their families and the general public
about the disease.
LifeScience Moment: Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in record setting time.
On May 5, 1973 Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in a record setting time of 1:59 2⁄5, a record that still stands today.
Secretariat, the record setting winner of the Triple Crown in 1973, had a heart estimated to be 22 pounds or two-and-three-quarters
times as large as that of the average horse which is approximately 8.5 pounds. Secretariat's Belmont Stakes victory by 31 lengths and
a time of 2:24 flat, broke the stakes' record by more than two seconds, another record that still stands.
Secretariat's large heart can be genetically traced to the legendary Eclipse, foaled in England for the Duke of Cumberland in 1764.
The larger heart is passed down the female line on the X chromosome.
Today, this genetic knowledge combined with ultrasound imaging technology helps breeders take advantage of the X Factor.
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