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283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 335-8034

Release: Immediate


What: Media availability on ragweed allergies and pollen counts

Who: Dr. John Weiler, University of Iowa professor of allergy

and immunology

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.