CONTACT: TIM FESS
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 11, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on asthma and allergies
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 AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
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
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 www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com 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.