to the First Issue of the ASA Newsletter
Table of Contents:
1. From the Editors
2. Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma Articles
3. Feature- Day Care a Significant Source of Indoor Allergens
FROM THE EDITORS
Welcome to the official first issue of the ASA Newsletter, which
has been in the works for several months. This newsletter explores
the most recent news, research, and articles as they relate to
allergies, asthma, and sinusitis. Whether you suffer from one,
two, or all three of these conditions, we hope that you'll find
this free resource of information of major benefit in your battle
to overcome the suffering. And in this battle, you are not alone.
Did you know that chronic sinusitis is the leading chronic condition
in the United States, according to the National Academy on an Aging
Society? Or that Asthma leads to more than 2,000,000 emergency
room visits a year? Were you aware that more than 20% of the national
population suffers from some sort of allergies?
Every other week we will explore issues related to allergies,
asthma, and sinusitis. Like you, we suffer from one or more of
these conditions and it is our hope and goal to help bring you
relief and news of potential breakthroughs.
Wishing you the best of health,
Joe Tracy & Kim Lance - editors
ALLERGY, SINUSITIS AND ASTHMA ARTICLES
Here are the most recent articles, published by NEWSdial.com, that
deal with allergies, sinusitis, and asthma:
Chronic Sinusitis Cause May Lie in Mucus, Not Tissue
Until now, standard sinusitis and sinus infection treatment has
targeted the nasal and sinus tissue, but recently, Mayo Clinic
researchers have found that the cause of chronic sinus infections
lies in the nasal mucus rather than the sinus tissue. The findings
will be published in the August issue of Journal of Allergy and
here to read the entire article.
Asthma or Allergies May Reduce the Risk of Brain Cancer
Having asthma, hay fever or another allergic condition may reduce
the risk of developing one fatal form of brain cancer, a new
study suggests. The scientists say that new evidence for this
relationship is found in the normal variation of two genes...
Click here to read the entire article.
Milestone in Antifungal Treatment for Severe Asthma
University of Manchester researchers recently announced that they
have reached a key milestone in their study of the antifungal
treatment of asthma. It is hoped that the study, by clinical
researchers based at Manchester's Wythenshawe Hospital, will
reduce the need for steroid use as an asthma treatment and also
cut down on serious asthma attacks requiring hospital intervention.
The study may also help provide treatment information to those
suffering from cystic fibrosis and chronic sinusitis...
here to read the entire article.
Sesame Allergy is Significant, Serious, and Growing
Sesame allergy is a significant and serious problem found to be
growing globally... Sesame has been added to the list of major
food allergens for use in food labeling in European Commission
(EC) and Canada, but it is not yet included in the Food and Drug
Administration’s (FDA) listing of allergenic foods for
labeling purposes in the United States...
here to read
the entire article.
Increased Asthma Risk for Mexican American Children
Mexican American children born in the United States have an increased
risk of asthma compared to children born in Mexico, according
to a study featured in the July 2005 Journal of Allergy & Clinical
Immunology... Children born in the United States were significantly
more likely to report asthma diagnosis and wheezing than those
born in Mexico...
here to read the entire article.
FEATURE - Day Care is a Significant Source of Indoor Allergens
Researchers studying day care facilities in the South have found
the facilities to be a significant source for indoor allergen
levels. A new study of 89 day care settings in two central North
Carolina counties found detectable levels of seven common allergens
from fungus, cats, cockroaches, dogs, dust mites, and mice in
each facility tested. The levels were similar to those found
in Southern homes.
“Because children spend a significant portion of time in
day care settings, it is important that parents understand the
risks of allergen exposure and know where these allergens can be
found,” said David A. Schwartz, M.D., the new Director of
the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
the part of the National Institutes of Health that supported the
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 63 percent of children under
five spend 37 hours per week in child care. Exposure to indoor
allergens has been shown in previous studies to increase the likelihood
of developing asthma or allergic diseases, especially in vulnerable
Both licensed family day care homes and child care centers are
represented in the study. The researchers used a three-pronged
data collection approach to evaluate allergens in each care facility,
including administering a questionnaire to each manager, observing
the room where the children spent most of their time, and collecting
dust samples from that room.
Dust was collected from up to four, one square meter areas of
floor on both carpet and hard surfaces. Twenty facilities had dust
collected from both surfaces.
Detectable levels of each allergen were found in every facility
where dust samples were collected. Concentrations were the highest
for allergens from cats, dogs, and a fungus known as Alternaria.
“Interestingly, similar to other studies, dog and cat allergens
were detected in nearly all the facilities tested, although no
dog or cat was observed in most,” said, Samuel Arbes, Ph.D.,
a NIEHS researcher and lead author on the study. “It is likely
the pet allergens are brought in on the children’s clothing.”
The study also found significant differences between carpeted
and non-carpeted surfaces. Concentrations for five of the allergens
were lower on the non-carpeted surfaces.
The researchers compared the day care allergen levels to concentrations
found in Southern homes collected previously as part of the National
Survey of Lead and Allergens in Housing (NSLAH). The NSLAH collected
samples from 831 homes representing various regions and settings
across the country. Five of the seven allergen levels were statistically
similar with only one of two dust mite allergens and mouse allergen
being slightly higher in the NSLAH.
“The similarities in allergen levels between the day care
centers and Southern home living rooms means children and the day
care workers may be getting prolonged exposure to allergens,” said
Dr. Arbes. “More research needs to be conducted to determine
the effects of allergen exposures outside of the home.”
That's it for this edition of the ASA Newsletter. The next issue
will be delivered on August 17, 2005.
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