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2008-10-13 18:00:25

On any given day Southern California ranks as the region with the worst air quality nationwide. Now, as local wildfires fill the region's air with smoke and ash, millions of Californians are feeling the effects and wondering what they can do to stay well. "It is only natural to have concerns about what you're breathing in when you can see the extent of ash and billowing smoke around our region," said Francene Lifson, executive director, Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA),...

2008-10-13 09:00:09

BOSTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Pediatricians need to diagnose asthma earlier and identify allergy triggers if they want to achieve better outcomes with their asthma patients, according to allergy and asthma experts who spoke at an educational program sponsored by National Jewish Health. Pediatricians from around the country learned how to integrate into the pediatric setting evidence-based medicine and the 2007 NIH Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma to improve care for...

2008-08-21 09:01:14

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Come late summer, some 10 to 20 percent of Americans begin to suffer from ragweed allergy, or hay fever. In addition to symptoms of sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, allergic reactions involving the eyes are a major distraction for many allergy sufferers. As ragweeds release billions of pollen grains into the air, symptoms of eye allergies -- such as tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning, can make it so uncomfortable for allergy sufferers that...

2008-08-12 00:00:43

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Angel Waldron, Communications of The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, +1-202-466-7643, ext. 248, angel@aafa.org Better School Health Policies Help States Go to the Head of the Class WASHINGTON,Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/--More than 50 million U.S. school-aged children are heading back to classrooms this month, and 8 million (16%) are taking their asthma and food allergies with them. Fortunately, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation...

2008-06-17 12:00:09

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- - First World Allergy Report Calls for Urgent Worldwide Collaboration to Tackle Global Increase in Allergies and Allergic Diseases The World Allergy Organization (WAO) will publish its first Report on the extent of allergy and chronic respiratory diseases worldwide on the 18 June 2008 and has called for immediate collaboration to tackle the current escalation in allergy cases. In the last 20-30 years, the prevalence of allergic diseases has...

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2008-03-17 11:00:00

Researchers reported Sunday that allergies could interfere with children's sleep and daily functioning.  The study's results were based on a telephone survey of 500 doctors who treat children with nasal allergies and 500 adults, half of whom had at least one child with nasal allergies and half with children without allergies.  According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are the most common chronic condition reported in children. In responding to the...

2007-11-16 18:00:37

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- No city in the U.S. is free from allergies this fall, and some cities are much worse than others according to the results of an annual scientific report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The Foundation recently announced its annual Fall Allergy Capital(TM) rankings for 2007 and Austin, Texas, was crowned "the most challenging place to live with fall allergies" this year. "Austin has been on the list for several years, but...

2007-09-12 15:00:50

DALLAS, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you're one of the millions of Texans who suffers through the misery of fall allergies, hold on to your handkerchief: Allergy researchers at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas say the upcoming ragweed season could be the worst in decades. "The unusually wet weather this summer means ragweed plants are big and healthy, and that's bad news for lots of people," said Gary Gross, MD, an allergist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. "Ragweed tends to be...