The Sahara Dust Cloud

The Sahara Dust Cloud As if we did not have enough going on in 2020, there is now a Sahara dust cloud making it’s way into the Gulf of Mexico and part of the United States later this week. So what does that mean for patients with asthma and allergies? First, what is...

Edible Mushrooms

The Wonderful World of Fungi Part XVIII – Division Basidiomycota – Fascinating Members: Edible Mushrooms By: H. Wayne Shew, Ph.D.NAB Certified Pollen CounterAAAC Collection Station—Birmingham, Alabama It has been some time since I wrote about the group of fungi called...
Weighing the risks of OIT

Weighing the risks of OIT

So you’ve heard about OIT (Oral Immunotherapy), and now you’re curious about the risk factors. You may have heard that there is no risk involved with OIT, or you may have been told the opposite: that in your case, OIT is too risky to attempt. With so much information...

Hackberry/Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata, C. occidentalis) By: H. Wayne Shew, Ph.D. NAB Certified Pollen Counter AAAC Collection Station—Birmingham, Alabama The genus Celtis is a member of the Cannabaceae (hemp) family.  This is a small family of flowering plants with...