U.S. News & World Report: Climate Change Could Worsen Sneezin' Season
A HealthDay article published by U.S. News and World Report features research from Associate Professor Amir Sapkota showing that earlier springs — a result of climate change — trigger more seasonal allergies.
Sapkota’s research, which was published in the journal PLoS ONE, found that in areas where spring arrived earlier, people experienced hay fever at a 14 percent higher rate. Later spring onset was also linked to a greater risk for allergies.
"Climate change is real. It's impacting our ecosystem now, and that, in turn, is impacting our health," Sapkota told HealthDay.
The study used NASA satellite data to pinpoint spring’s arrival in different regions and tied it to survey results compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"This is the first confirmation from health data that changes in the length and timing of spring could lead to a higher prevalence of allergy symptoms,” Dr. John Balbus, senior advisor for public health at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, told HealthDay after reviewing the study.