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Video: NASONEX(R) (Mometasone Furoate Monohydrate) Nasal Spray, 50 mcg* Teams Up With American Forests to Educate Nasal Allergy Sufferers and Help Improve Air Quality
Date:4/22/2009

"Don't Blow It" Online Health Game Launches; Low-Allergenic Tree Planted for Each New Player, Up to 20,000 Trees

KENILWORTH, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Does it seem that allergy season starts earlier and there's more pollen every year? Many scientists now believe that global climate change could be partly to blame.(1) To educate people about nasal allergies and the environment, the makers of NASONEX (mometasone furoate monohydrate) Nasal Spray, 50 mcg* have teamed up with American Forests, a national tree-planting organization. Together they have launched "Don't Blow It" (dontblowit.com) a fun and educational online health game with tips for nasal allergy sufferers. For each new player of the game, Schering-Plough will donate funds to plant a low-allergenic tree,(2) up to 20,000 trees, across the U.S. Low-allergenic trees rank five or below on the Ogren Plant-Allergy Scale (OPALS).(2) Once mature, 20,000 trees are estimated to absorb nearly 1 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.(3)

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Studies suggest that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and warmer temperatures mean more plant growth and pollen, causing earlier spring blooms.(4) In fact, global climate change may have caused spring weather to appear an average of 10 days earlier than in the past, according to research.(5)

"I've noticed that my patients with seasonal nasal allergies are seeking treatment earlier each spring," said board certified allergist Eric Schenkel, M.D., and Director of the Valley Allergy & Asthma Treatment Cen
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