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Date:4/24/2008

Vitals Looks at the New "Tech Allergies"

LYNDHURST, N.J., April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Seasonal allergies bloom together with plants and flowers, but some everyday devices like cell phones and iPods that have become synonymous with modern living may also be the cause of allergic outbreaks. While pollen, mold, animal dander and dust remain the world's most common allergens, Vitals.com, the leading doctor evaluation site listing more than 720,000 active doctors, is looking beyond the season's usual allergy triggers and bringing awareness to a new allergy phenomenon brought on by the prevalent use of modern technology.

"In addition to the typical pollen-producing allergies that are rampant during the months of spring, technophiles should take caution that some of their favorite gadgets may be the culprit of certain allergy symptoms," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and Chief Medical Advisor of MDX Medical, which created Vitals.

The increased use of cell phones and other wireless technologies have brought on hotly contested debates with claims that exposure to radiation and microwaves generated by excessive use have negatively impacted those with electromagnetic sensitivity, causing skin rashes, fatigue and headaches. For those already suffering from common allergies, studies also suggest that cell phone use is a trigger, increasing sensitivity to allergens and potentially making typical allergic reactions such as watery eyes or a runny nose worse.

Cell phones also affect users with skin allergies who may be sensitive to various metals and materials used in manufacturing. When nickel, one of the leading reactors of skin allergies, is used in the production of cell phone casings and batteries, cell phone users become susceptible to allergic contact dermatitis, an allergy that causes rashes and skin outbreaks. Like cell phones, the anodizing chemicals or
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