Ford Focuses on Allergy with Fusion of Health and Technology
Recognizing the impact of allergies and asthma, the American automaker has developed a way for drivers to check pollen counts while on the go. Drivers of vehicles equipped with the Ford SYNC AppLink can now use voice commands to have pertinent information be read to them and be displayed on the dashboard. The data generated by Pollen.com is aggregated by the Allergy Alert app, which takes into account the vehicle's location provided by a GPS receiver. More details about this development can be read in the announcement from Ford
. A Mild Winter Moved Spring Forward
As early as February 22 this year, the tree pollen counts began to rise sooner than expected. Dr. Sanico answered questions about this topic from TV viewers the following day during a guest appearance with morning news anchor Patrice Harris of Fox45. He has since been interviewed at the ASAP@GBMC in Physicians Pavilion North by reporters Myranda Stephens also of Fox 45 and by Linda So of ABC2 News
who discussed the impact of the unusually warmer weather resulting in earlier onset of symptoms among those who have pollen allergies. Dr. Sanico was also interviewed and quoted about this topic in the April 23 issue of TIME Magazine
. You can track pollen counts in your area by using the widget on the right from pollen.com
100 Most Challenging Places for Asthma and Allergies
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
again cited Baltimore Maryland as one of the most challenging places to live for people with asthma or allergies. Baltimore ranks 58th in the 2011 list of Asthma Capitals
and 84th in the 2012 list of Allergy Capitals
. The ASAP@GBMC has teamed with the AAFA Maryland-DC Chapter
and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
to provide free asthma screening and public education on how to reduce, recognize and respond to asthma attacks. Although asthma and allergies can be challenging conditions, they can certainly be controlled with the right approach.
An Old Dog Tale That Keeps Going
The Washington Post
published a story headlined "Hypoallergenic pets may be only a myth based on a study of 60 dog breeds." Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that the homes with so-called hypoallergenic dogs actually did not have lower levels of dog allergens compared to those with other breeds. Such stories should no longer be surprising. Dr. Sanico discussed common misconceptions about canine (and cat) allergens in a blog
and an interview with the Baltimore Sun
several years ago. Hopefully these articles can help temper the hype about non-existing hypoallergenic dogs. The good news is that pets could continue to provide joyful companionship instead of consternation, for those who choose to keep them, if successful strategies are applied.
Dr. Sanico was selected as a 2013 Top Doctor in a list published by the US News & World Report
based on nominations submitted by other doctors and reviewed by the physician-led research team of Castle Connolly. Each year, they survey thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals and ask them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation.