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2008-08-29 00:00:36

By ROGER MCBAIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7520 or mcbainr@courierpress.com In case you haven't noticed, ragweed is back, and it's bad. Mold is, too, says Dr. Anne McLaughlin, a Welborn Clinic immunologist and allergist who regularly captures spores, grains and assorted airborne allergens on slides and counts them under a microscope. McLaughlin's latest tallies show ragweed at 149 grains per cubic meter of air. That's high, she says. It's in the orange range, the next-to-...

2008-08-22 03:00:24

By Notes, Pack Legislators are considering a bill that would give the Pennsylvania Game Commission its first hunting license fee increase since 1999. Senate Bill 1527 was introduced by state Sen. Charles McIhinney of Bucks County. PGC officials testified in support of the legislation and the "desperate" need for revenue last week before the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs also gave comments in support of license increases. For...

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2008-07-01 14:37:46

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) today announced that an SRS scientist and other researchers have officially named the fungus responsible for killing redbay and other trees in the coastal plains of northeastern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Lead author and Iowa State University Plant Pathologist Tom Harrington, co-author and SRS Plant Pathologist Stephen Fraedrich, and Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Researcher D.N. Aghayeva unveiled the name, Raffaelea...

2008-06-27 03:02:32

Greer has completed enrollment for its pivotal Phase III clinical trial designed to study the efficacy of sublingual-oral immunotherapy as a treatment for adults with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis caused by short ragweed pollen. Between March and June 2008, 556 patients were screened for the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, of which 430 were enrolled. The participants will be observed at 31 clinical sites across the country. The trial will last approximately seven...

2008-06-26 12:03:21

Greer, a leading developer and provider of allergy immunotherapy products and services, has completed enrollment for its pivotal Phase III clinical trial designed to study the efficacy of sublingual-oral immunotherapy (SLIT) as a treatment for adults with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis caused by short ragweed pollen. It is estimated that 30 million Americans are allergic to short ragweed pollen, making it one of the most common allergens. Between March and June, 556 patients were screened...

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2008-03-17 06:05:00

She's quite the social butterfly, but Lynn Stockmaster says that when seasonal allergies strike, time with her husband and friends, and even her dog, is sometimes usurped by a soft couch, a bottle of Benadryl and a box of tissues. "Being congested all the time makes me feel more tired and grumpy," says Stockmaster, 43, a telecommunications project manager from Rochester, N.Y. "Lack of oxygen? Breathing through my mouth? It's just kind of unattractive and irritating. I am definitely less...

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...

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2005-08-17 10:20:00

NEW YORK -- More than half (54.3 percent) of the U.S. population is sensitive to one or more common allergens, placing them at increased risk for the development of asthma, hay fever, and eczema. The highest prevalence rates were for dust mite, rye, ragweed, and cockroach, with about 25 percent of the population testing positive to each allergen. Roughly 18 percent reacted to Bermuda grass, 17 percent to cat, 15 percent to Russian thistle, and 13 percent to white oak and mold. Peanut allergy...


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