Rates of allergy and asthma doubled between two cycles of a national health survey, researchers reported. And rates of people who had both conditions also rose sharply, according to investigators led by Leonard Bielory, MD, of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. The findings suggest that a changing climate is increasing the burden of allergy and asthma, Bielory and colleagues reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Concern over the health effects of climate change in not new: The heads of two major medical associations warned in 2011 that changing climate is likely to have such effects, including increases in asthma, diarrheal diseases, and even death.
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