The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently announced this spring's "Allergy Capitals" for 2008. This is NOT a coveted award -- it's actually more like a booby prize if your city makes it on to this list.
Twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the AAFA performs research to determine where the unhealthiest places in the United States are for people with allergies. They call these places the "most challenging" places to live. AAFA bases their determination for 100 metro areas on three main factors:
Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)
Number of allergy medications used per patient
Number of allergy specialists per patient
I'm happy to say that my state doesn't have any, but then we don't have all that many metro areas, either (I live in Idaho). The Allergy Capitals appear to be concentrated in the Northeast, MidAtlantic, South, and eastern Midwest areas, for the most part, as well as the West coast.
Experts have known for some time that having allergies increases the risk for developing asthma. Now, new research provides more evidence for this link. Research published by a division of the National Institutes of Health in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reveals that: more than half of the current asthma cases in the US can be attributed to allergy 30 percent of those cases are due to cat allergy, one of the more potent forms of allergy to animal dander the study looked a skin testing data from more than 10 thousand people, with allergies to all different types of substances the strongest relationship between asthma and allergies involved allergy to cats, white oak and a fungus called Alternaria Researchers stated that this study proved the environment often plays a major role in the development of asthma. However, they did find a number of cases where the asthma was NOT related to allergy, so more study is needed. Still, if you or your child have allergies, esp...
Food labels can help you compare the nutrient content of similar foods, as well as see how the food fits into your dietary eating habits. Food labels can help you understand the relationship between certain nutrients and diseases. And now, food labels are supposed to be much better at warning people who have food allergies about ingredients that may be dangerous to them. As of January 2006, food manufacturers must disclose in plain language whether products contain any of the top eight food allergens: • Milk • Eggs • Peanuts • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts) • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder) • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp) • Soy • Wheat Congress passed this law, called the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Ac...
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