Albany ranks as tenth-worst ‘allergy capital'
Aaron Barker reports in the New York Post that it is spring, a time when many of the 50 million Americans who suffer from some type of allergy battle new blooms. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America put out their rankings of “allergy capitals,” the most-challenging cities to live in based on spring and fall pollen data, the use of allergy medication and the number of board-certified allergists or immunologists in each place. “We see spikes in emergency room visits that coincide with spikes in pollen seasons,” said Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the organization. “Around 3,600 people per year die from asthma, so it is important to address and manage asthma and allergy triggers where you live.” This year Albany, New York finished tenth on the list. Nearby New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut finished ninth and seventh, respectively. Buffalo ranked eighth, and Scranton, Pennsylvania was number one, and the only other city listed from the northeastern states. Read more about this story in the New York Post.