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Physicians shy about cockroaches.

Physicians Shy About Cockroaches

Cockroach sensitivity is one of the common causes of bronchial asthma, but many physicians are reluctant to question their asthmatic patients about possible exposure to the insect.

In a study that included 700 asthmatics, nearly 45 percent of the group demonstrated a positive reaction when challenged with cockroach antigen. The insect-induced reactions occur from exposure to airborne particles of dead cockroaches.

At the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Bann C. Kang, M.D., and her associates who conducted the research are advocating a frank approach to the problem, assuring patients that roaches are present in luxury restaurants, expensive dwellings, and even the supposedly aseptic environment of hospitals. (Reported in Internal Medicine News; 7-5:88:page 10.)
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Title Annotation:causing asthma
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jan 1, 1989
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