Climate Change Hiking Allergy, Asthma Rates?

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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FDA Convenes ‘Message Fatigue’ Panel

Eager to break through the "message fatigue" that has numbed the public response to food warnings and recalls, the FDA is bringing together food safety and communications experts Tuesday…But "simply telling people about a food recall is often not enough to motivate them to look for and discard recalled products," reported William K. Hallman, PhD and Cara L. Cuite, PhD, of Rutgers University Food Policy Institute in New Jersey in the 2009 paper. Hallman is a member of the FDA advisory committee.

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