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Biodiversity Loss May Cause Increase in Allergies and Asthma

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Declining biodiversity may be contributing to the rise of asthma, allergies, and other chronic inflammatory diseases among people living in cities worldwide, a Finnish study suggests.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 12:10 pm

Frank S. (496)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 12:21 pm
Thanks, Michael.

Roger Garin-michaud (139)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 12:47 pm
noted thanks !

Phillipa W. (199)
Monday July 30, 2012, 1:53 am
thanks. makes sense.

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday July 30, 2012, 4:10 am
Noted, thanks.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday July 30, 2012, 6:18 am
I love the countryside. Now I have a good excuse to spend some weekends in the forest - it will be to diversify my commensals to prevent allergy. Good.

Michael M. (61)
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:06 pm
Well, Alexandra, one has to eat a little dirt to be happy,as every child knows.

THe strangest thing about this news, is that numerous studies have made it clear over the years that immune system tuning is done by environment - it's one of the ways that all organisms learn.

Who knows? the recognition I see in the wolf and other animals has to do with smelling home country. Since smell is molecular, it affords a very sure sense. Trees as well, don't always transplant quite so well to places where their symbiotes can't thrive.

The Finn scientists, and the Swedes, have long been exploring the sources of respiratory dysfunction. What was called "exercise-induced asthma" some years ago, was shown to be a result of breathing deeply of diesel and other automobile particulate matter. The studies which proved this are generally accepted as strongly and accurately pinpointing the causation. This is why elite bicycle racers and the x-c skiers who train in polluted atmospheres have such a high rate of asthma.

Mahendra Trivedi (5)
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:47 pm
noted, thanks!

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 9:22 am

Tal H. (10)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:30 pm
Thanks for the article!

Angel Campbell (0)
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 11:04 pm

Tal H. (10)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 5:19 pm
Thanks for the article!!

Nimue Pendragon (325)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:57 am

JL A. (287)
Friday August 3, 2012, 5:59 pm
all the more reason the US needs strong soot standards to protect urban dwellers

Robert O. (12)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:28 pm

. (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 4:14 am
Thanks for posting, an interesting read

Agnes W. (152)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:28 pm
very interesting article, thanks for sharing

g d c. (0)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 11:27 am
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