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Kids born outside the U.S. better protected against asthma, allergies

Experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology have reported that the heavy snow in areas around the country followed by pre-spring rain has created the perfect habitat for spring allergies. However, a new study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found where a person is born could be to blame for their allergies, rather than immediate environmental circumstances. 

Researchers from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and Oregon Health Science Center looked to test if there was any link between a person's birthplace, how long they've lived in the U.S. and their risk of allergies or asthma. 

Scientists examined this idea by looking at the health records of nearly 92,000 children who participated in the National Survey of Children's Health. From the data, researchers discovered children born outside of the U.S. had lower rates of allergies than their peers born stateside. More surprisingly, scientists found children whose parents were also born outside of America benefited from lower allergy rates than their peers whose parents were born stateside.

Even though parents may not be able to change where their kids were born, they can still help reduce their allergy symptoms in the home by installing medical grade air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to let the whole family enjoy clean air.

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