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Allergic Reactions to the Sun: Some Light On The Subject

posted in Allergy and Asthma Care

     Earlier this month, a physician whom I’ve known since our high school days called me to ask my thoughts about a chronic bumpy rash on sun-exposed areas of one of his co-workers.  Besides quoting the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ (which, by the way, is attributed to an early 20th century American […]

Grass Pollen Counts This Year: Delayed But Not To Be Denied

posted in Allergies

          In my experience, this month’s grass pollen counts in the Chicago area have been quite unusual.  There was a two-day burst of grass pollen on April 28th and April 29th, and then nothing…………. until low levels on May 27th and moderate levels on May 28th.  During 2016-2020, sustained levels over many days […]

As Our Immune Systems Age: Lessons For Today And Tomorrow

posted in Clinical Science Research

     Our immune systems are–like every organ system in our body–subject to the aging process. The term used in the medical literature to describe these age-related changes is immunosenescence. Perhaps no time is more important in understanding this than the past 14 months when the responses to (a) being infected with the COVID-19 virus and (b) being […]