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Proximity To The Equator May Be Linked With Allergies, Asthma

Proximity To The Equator May Be Linked With Allergies, Asthma
2/5/2013 3:25 PM ET

Those living closest to the equator may be at an increased risk for allergies and asthma, says a new study from researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

According to the researchers, closer proximity to the equator can lead to higher levels of UV-B rays, which can impact the human immune system.

"UV-B rays exposure is higher for people living in areas closer to the equator. 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," said Vicka Oktaria, MPH, lead study author.

Richard Weber, MD, and allergist and ACAAI president adds:

"Allergies and asthma are serious diseases that can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated properly. Both conditions can be more than bothersome for people, no matter their geographic location, and can last year-round."

by RTT Staff Writer

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