Navigation Links
Living Near Equator May Boost Your Risk for Allergy, Asthma
Date:2/4/2013

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- People who live close to the equator may be more likely to have allergies and asthma than those in other parts of the world, a new study suggests.

This increased risk appears to be related to exposure to ultraviolet-B rays in sunlight, according to the authors of the report published in the February issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

"UV-B rays exposure is higher for people living in areas closer to the equator," study lead author Vicka Oktaria said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "This increase in UV-B may be linked to vitamin D, which is thought to modify the immune system. These modifications can lead to an elevated risk of developing allergy and asthma."

Previous research has shown that climate, housing, and social and cultural variations among people living in different latitudes can affect their levels of exposure to airborne allergens.

This study is one of the first to examine how geographic location and UV-B exposure can affect allergy and asthma risk, according to the news release. However, while the study found an association between UV-B exposure near the equator and a raised risk of allergies and asthma, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

"Allergies and asthma are serious diseases that can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated properly," Dr. Richard Weber, president of the ACAAI, said in the news release. "Both conditions can be more than bothersome for people, no matter their geographic location, and can last year-round."

It's estimated that 75 percent to 85 percent of people with asthma also have an allergy, according to the ACAAI.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about asthma.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Feb. 4, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Viva Editions: Books for Inspired Living Announces the Publication of Making the Most of Bed Rest
2. Cellulite Factor: Review Examining Dr. Charles Livingston’s Program Released By CelluliteFactorReviews.org
3. Tomorrows life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea
4. Brightwater Senior Living of Stonebridge, Saskatoon's Newest Personal Care and Memory Care, Is Proud To Sponsor The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan's Walk For Memories
5. ASTER ELLIOTT, CNC a Nationwide Provider of Detoxification and Cleanse products, launches online Affiliate Program to promote and encourage healthy living
6. Signs of Brain Damage Show Up in Scans of Living, Retired NFL Players
7. Heritage Woods of Belvidere Assisted Living to Host Fall Prevention Program
8. Show Me the Money: Living in Digital Times presents Investing in the Sports & Fitness Industry
9. Digital Living Room Market is Growing at CAGR of 2.55% to Reach $217.58 Billion by 2018, Says New Report by MarketsandMarkets
10. Seattle Assisted Living Community Recognizes Importance of Music and Dance with Busy January Event Schedule
11. Strange behavior: New study exposes living cells to synthetic protein
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van ... Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite ... 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a ... such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain ... following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... 12th International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two ... Announcement of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research and Markets ... for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... Companion Diagnostics The World Market for Companion ... medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the following: ... (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... KNOXVILLE, Tenn. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... market providing less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal ... million in funding.  The Series-A funding is led ... the Lighthouse Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, ... less-invasive neurosurgical instrumentation and the market release of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, Binder, ... Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 Billion ... forecast period 2016 to 2021. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: