Much-Maligned Pigeon May Be a Lead Detective

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though pigeons are generally considered a city-dwelling nuisance, researchers have found that these "rats of the sky" can be used to monitor levels of lead and other toxic compounds in cities.

Blood samples taken from hundreds of sick or injured pigeons in New York City between 2010 and 2015 showed that their lead levels rose in the summer. Those findings correlated to what happened with lead levels in blood samples from children.

Zip codes in the city with high lead levels in pigeons also had some of the highest levels of lead in children, the study found.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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