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Leading Allergy Journal Focuses on Air Pollution

By Dr. Larry Chiaramonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich The new issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has on its cover a photograph of a city with filthy air with the words “Pollution and Allergy.” Several articles inside include one by South Korean MD and PhD Kangmo Ahn, on air pollution and atopic […]

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Early-life Exposure to Allergens—the Farm Effect Visits the City

By Dr. Larry Chiaramonte One subset of the hygiene hypothesis is called the “farm effect.” It refers to the lower incidence of allergies among rural populations such as the Amish than among city dwellers. The thought is that exposure to a greater variety of microbes from hanging around the barn jumpstarts immune activity in the […]

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