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    Just a note that lactose intolerance isn’t an allergy. Lactose intolerance is caused when a body stops producing an enzyme that digests lactose, which results in bloating and gas as opposed to an allergic reaction. Clinically it’s very different from an allergy, and although the two issues are often conflated, I don’t think there’s solid evidence that people are more likely to be lactose intolerant now than in the past. It seems any perceived increase in lactose intolerance could be simply that more people are becoming aware of it as a problem.

    Lactose intolerance is a genetic, inheritable trait and is linked to cultural groups based on their historical consumption of dairy products. Approximately 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Lactose intolerancein adulthood is most prevalent in people of East Asian descent, affecting more than 90 percent of adults in some of these communities. Lactose intolerance is also very common in people of West African, Arab, Jewish, Greek, and Italian descent.

    The prevalence of lactose intolerance is lowest in populations with a long history of dependence on unfermented milk products as an important food source. For example, only about 5 percent of people of Northern European descent are lactose intolerant.

    https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance#statistics

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      Therefore, I suggest removing this paragraph:

      “The 2011 EuroPrevall birth cohort study on food allergy (one of the largest studies in the area) found that caesarean births and children from older mothers, over 35, were more likely to be lactose-intolerant.”

      We don’t want to contribute to confusion on Wikitribune and it’s common for people to become confused about Lactose Intolerance vs cow’s milk allergy (CMA). More info about that here. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726035/

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    One reason that many researchers have come across for an increase in allergies is the greater number of cars on the road. It is not only the exhaust but the particulates thrown off the tires that appear to be causing the problem. Below I have several articles and studies on this.

    “Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University report statistical evidence that children exposed to airborne coarse particulate matter — a mix of dust, sand and non-exhaust tailpipe emissions, such as tire rubber — are more likely to develop asthma and need emergency room or hospital treatment for it than unexposed children.”

    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/exposure_to_larger_air_particles_linked_to_increased_risk_of_asthma_in_children

    Here’s the actual study:

    http://www.thoracic.org/about/newsroom/press-releases/resources/course-particulate-matter-and-asthma.pdf

    Here’s an interesting study from Georgia Tech:

    “Though tailpipe emissions could fall in the years ahead as more zero-emission vehicles hit the streets, one major source of highway air pollution shows no signs of abating: brake and tire dust.”

    http://www.rh.gatech.edu/news/588203/brake-dust-may-cause-more-problems-blackened-wheel-covers

    This article is from “Rubber and Plastics News”

    STUDIES LINK TINY TIRE PARTICLES TO ASTHMA

    http://www.rubbernews.com/article/19951204/ISSUE/312049979/studies-link-tiny-tire-particles-to-asthma

    Here’s a study in California from the American Journal of Epidemiology which took 35 counties and looked at the respiratory emergency department cases and the same-day coarse particle data.

    https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/178/1/58/110157

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    I’d like to suggest two additions/alterations to this (well-written) story:

    1: Open the story with the assertion of evidence that the number of allergy-sufferers has, in fact, risen. The article initially comes off as asking a loaded question (“Why” has (unsubstantiated idea) occurred?). Many readers may not initially be aware that the number of allergy-sufferers has risen before reading this. A minor edit, to be sure. By “open the story”, I mean put it in the bold header prompt, rather than the first immediate paragraph. This also flows better, as readers tend to come off of the headline, so the segue from “Why has the number […] increased?” to “The number […] has increased, according to…” and so on.

    2: I was drawn to this article because I’ve recently done some research relevant to this topic. CBD is currently being researched as a cure for various allergies, and my understanding is that significant amounts of the compound have been found in skeletal remains of older generations of humans, suggesting that our diets were much richer in it before. This has been cited as a major potential cause of the rise of many potential diseases (cancer, diabetes, several cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and obesity, to name a few). There are a few doctors now prescribing this compound for various problems, and it is being researched as a potential hitherto-unknown vitamin or amino acid, explaining why its deficiency causes so many issues (and thus taking it can mitigate so many issues). Check these sources and consider follow-up interviews:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/can-cbd-help-you-lose-weight_us_58ae853ce4b0ea6ee3d035e6

    https://drfranklucido.com/medical-cannabis-recommendations/

    https://www.projectcbd.org/sobre-cbd/clinical-research/dr-bonni-goldstein-cannabis-therapeutics

    I have to admit, this is a definite point in the favor of WikiTribune’s model. I hadn’t heard of the research/projects you cite in this story before, and I suspect the researchers haven’t heard of the CBD-deficiency hypothesis yet. By pooling our resources we can keep this story cutting-edge and make scholastic connections no one else has been able to make. Thanks for publishing.

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      Ah, I’d also recommend changing the thumbnail. The current one is off-putting and comes off as unprofessional, like a tabloid.

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    It’s a pleasure. You have a lot of great sources.

    AL

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    Harry, cd you check the hyperlink for European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology? When clicked on it just went to the Google search page for that title.
    Angela

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      Thanks for editing by the way! Just changed it.

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