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Title: Cockroach Allergens Have Greatest Impact on Childhood Asthma in Many U.S. Cities

URL: http://schoolipm.tamu.edu/resources/News/IntheNews_Details.asp?ID_Key=170

Abstract: New results from a nationwide study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children show that cockroach allergen appears to worsen asthma symptoms more than either dust mite or pet allergens. This research, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the first large-scale study to show marked geographic differences in allergen exposure and sensitivity in inner-city children. Most homes in northeastern cities had high levels of cockroach allergens, while those in the south and northwest had dust mite allergen levels in ranges known to exacerbate asthma symptoms...[more]

Source: IPM in Schools Southwest Technical Resource Center

Date of Publication: March 2005

Resource Type: Article/Report

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