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Top Ten Worst U.S. Cities for Spring Allergies, 2018

New York Cities Take Third, Tenth Spot on Annual List


Hey, no one can argue that New York State is #1 for so many things—but things we want, not don’t want.


Unless, of course, you actually enjoy the sneezing and watery eyes of allergies—in which case you’ll be happy to be living in upstate Syracuse or Buffalo, New York.


Those two cities have now respectively taken the No. 3 and No. 10 spots on WebMD’s annual list of the ten worst U.S. cities for springtime allergies.


The city known as the Crossroads of New York State jumped from last year’s 20th-place ranking to this year’s 3rd due to “super-high” pollen scores, according to WebMD.  The Syracuse region is home to tons of hardwood trees, many used to make furniture, WebMD reports—with pollen from oak and elm leading to seasonal sniffles and itchy, watery eyes.


Bringing up the list’s rear is Buffalo, the Empire State’s second-largest city.  While it took 36th place in 2015, WebMD says that Buffalo has the sunniest and driest springs in the Northeast—meaning that pollen sticks around longer and has more time to make your eyes water.


As for the rest of the list?  Jackson, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn.; Louisville, Ken.; McAllen, Tex.; Wichita, Kan.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Providence, R.I.; and Knoxville, Tenn.


Major Lung Cancer Immunotherapy Progress Reported at Conference, in Study


Chicago, IL — According to the American Cancer Society, about 234,030 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018, and about 154,050 Americans will die from it.


But thanks to heartening news from several studies presented recently at the annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference in Chicago, it seems that the latest advances in immunotherapy may be able to extend or even save the lives of many of them.


Immunotherapy, a relatively still-new discipline, involves harnessing the body’s immune system to seek out, attack and destroy targeted cancer cells.


At the conference, several studies were presented showing significant benefits of combining various new immunotherapy drugs with existing cancer treatments like chemotherapy.


One study found that pre-treating lung cancer patients with immune therapy drugs before they have surgery can help melt away the tumor and at the same time limit or even stop its spread.


Also, combinations of certain immunotherapy drugs were found to help other lung cancer patients get off more toxic standard chemotherapy while also extending their lives.


However, these front-line new immunotherapy drugs can cost over $100,000 for a single course of treatment.

Clock’s “Tick”-ing: Sen. Schumer Calls for CDC Funds for New York Bug Battle


Woodbury, NY — At a May 1 press conference at Trail View State Park, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) could cover New York State’s looming seasonal battle against Lyme disease.


According to Sen. Schumer, the federal agency has an additional $900 million in its budget thanks to $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package approved earlier this year.  A portion of that money is desperately needed by New York health authorities for Lyme disease surveillance, treatment and prevention, he said.


New York is the state most impacted by the eight-legged creatures and Long Island is ground zero for Lyme disease, the No. 1 tick-transmitted infection worldwide, scientists have found.


The Senator said that the funding is needed to combat ticks and monitor their movements, to better educate the public about protection when in tick-infested areas, and to improve medical education so doctors can more precisely diagnose tick-borne illnesses.


The funding request dovetails with a new CDC report stating that illnesses caused by ticks and other disease-transmitting insects more than tripled nationwide from 2004 to 2016.