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Release: May 11, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on asthma and allergies in adults

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John M. Weiler, M.D., University of Iowa professor of internal medicine and an allergy and immunology specialist with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on asthma and allergies in adults with a nationwide audience from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 12.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Although asthma occurs most commonly in children, it can also occur later in life. Adult-onset asthma has airway inflammation as a feature, just like child-onset asthma does, but the cause is somewhat different. Some adults who develop asthma also have allergies; most adults have coexisting sinusitis, nasal polyps or gastric reflux problems along with their asthma. Occupational exposures to materials like plastic resins, biological enzymes, animal products and wood dusts can also contribute to adult asthma.

After receiving his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., Weiler completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City and a fellowship in internal medicine at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He joined the UI faculty in 1977.

Weiler is a fellow in the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and a diplomat on the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a National Institutes of Health Research Development Career Award recipient. His clinical interests are in allergy and immunology.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.