CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 335-8034
What: Media availability on ragweed allergies and pollen counts
Who: Dr. John Weiler, University of Iowa professor of allergy
When: Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m.
Where: UI health sciences campus, location TBA
Media planning to attend should contact Lin Larson at the UI Office of
Health Science Relations in advance, (319) 335-9569.
Nearly 15 percent of Americans experience ragweed allergies -- also known
as hay fever -- which can trigger watery eyes, scratchy throats, runny noses
and sneezing when the plant blooms in late summer. Dr. John Weiler, an allergy
specialist at the UI College of Medicine, will share information about ragweed
allergies, prevention and treatment during a media availability session.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12, the UI Office of Health Science Relations will
provide daily ragweed and total pollen counts. The counts measure the level
of allergy-causing pollen in the air and can help people with allergies gauge
their symptoms. Counts are available by calling (319) 335-8964.