Save the trees, prevent the sneeze

When I worked at Greenpeace for five years before I attended medical school, a popular slogan was, “think globally, act locally.” As I write this blog about climate change and hay fever, I wonder if wiping off my computer that I’ve just sneezed all over due to my seasonal allergies counts as abiding by this aphorism? (Can you clean a computer screen with a tissue?) Come to think of it, my allergies do seem to be worse in recent years. So do those of my patients. It seems as if I’m prescribing nasal steroids and antihistamines, recommending over-the-counter eye drops, and discussing ways to avoid allergens much more frequently than in the past. Are people more stressed out, working harder, sleeping less, and thus more susceptible to allergies? Or, are the allergies themselves actually worse? Could the worsening of climate change explain why the rates of allergies and asthma have been climbing steadily over the last several decades? There’s more pollen and a longer pollen season Seasonal allergies tend to be caused disproportionately by trees in the spring, grasses in the summer, and ragweed in the fall. The lengthening interval of “frost-free days” (the time from the last frost in the spring to the first frost in the fall) allows more time for people to become sensitized to the pollen — the first stage in developing allergies — as well as to then become allergic to it. No wonder so many more of my patients have been complai...
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Publication date: Available online 23 January 2020Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Cindy L.J. Weinstein, Nicholas Ryan, Xiaoli Zhang, Tulin Shekar, Davis Gates, Stephen J. Lane, Ioana Agache, Robert A. Nathan, SPIRO InvestigatorsAbstractBackgroundDue to historical safety concerns with use of long-acting beta agonists in asthma, step-down from inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta agonist (ICS/LABA) combination therapy to ICS monotherapy is recommended once asthma control is achieved.ObjectiveTo evaluate the benefit/risk question about whether asthma patients who achieve diseas...
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 January 2020Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Caitlin Carrigan, Joshua D. Milner, Jonathan J. Lyons, Peter Vadas
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Publication date: Available online 22 January 2020Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Nicola A. Hanania, Ratko Djukanovic, Liam G. Heaney, Ming Yang, Bongin Yoo, Ahmar Iqbal, Noelle M. Griffin, Bradley E. Chipps
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe clinical phenotype of asthma that persists from childhood to adulthood seems to be a distinct phenotype of adult asthma.
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
David BierThe U.S. Department of State announceda new rule for tourist visa applicants today: prove you ’re not going to give birth in America. The rule will not protect national security, will create more fraud and crime, and will cost America people who will contribute productively to this nation.The tourist visa statute allows noncitizens to visit the United States for “pleasure,” which State has alwaysinterpreted to mean “legitimate activities of a recreational character, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, and activities of a f...
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Authors: Garcia MC, Faul M, Dowling NF, Thomas CC, Iademarco MF PMID: 31968202 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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CONCLUSION: Ever e-cigarette use was lower among middle schools that implemented the CATCH My Breath program than among those that did not. Replication of findings among a larger sample of schools, using a group-randomized, longitudinal study design and a longer follow-up period, is needed. PMID: 31968177 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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