Worst to Come for Allergy Woes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/22/02

Worst to Come for Allergy Woes

A national survey of physicians finds more than 40% of patients reported that just in this last year, sinus infectons are up 10%, and since a fourth of the patients said their sinus troubles began with an allergy. The worst is yet to come.

That's according to new research from Harvard, which finds rising Carbon Dioxide levels linked to global warming will mean more pollen in the air in the future. The Harvard study shows Ragweed grown in an atmosphere with high Carbon Dioxide levels more than doubled its pollen production, a problem they predict we'll see for real by the latter part of this century.

The Harvard Report report appears in the March annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology by Harvard University Researchers. The allergy prediction survey is part of a Sinusitis Public Education Campaign and is endorsed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and supported by Bayer Corporation.

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