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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 10B Cedir Dec. U. of (.Research May Help State Asthma Sufferers IOWA CITY (IDPA) New relief (or Iowa sufferers may be in sight due to the research work of a University of Iowa ohysi- ciaii and the American Lung Assn. of Iowa. Dr. John Kammermeyer of the University hospitals at Iowa City is near completion of his second year of asthma and fanner's lung disease research and has uncovered some significant findings. Many people are surprised to learn that Iowa is among the nation's worst locations for aslhma victims. In fact, some experts think the Hawkeye state ranks number one in asthma and hay fever. In addition, farmer's lung disease is not uncommon. Asthma is a chronic lung disease caused by the body's allergic reaction to microscop- airborne particles of plant pollen, mold spores, or grain dust inhaled into the lungs through normal breathing. Everyone inhales millions of the tiny particles each day, but for some, allergic reactions can cause the air- ways to narrow, leading to choking and ex- tremely difficult breathing as the result. Other Elements Although high levels of pollen and dust related to agricultural production are often singled out as the source of Iowa's unusual aslhma problem, Dr. Kammermeyer feels other elements may also contribute signifi- cantly. "Certainly some asthmatic conditions can be caused by pollen, feathers, dusts and many other agents In the air we Dr. Knmmcrmeycr said, "but these elements alone do'not account for our unusual asthma problem." Kammermeyer believes mold spores may be at fault in many cases and lung associa- tion officials have provided funding for a research project to study the matter. Drug Mold spores arc microscopic particles present in almost any environment by the billions. As part of the reproductive process of molds, spores travel easily through the air, often covering surprising distances.. To study the problem, the young research- er has been collecting air samples in eastern Iowa throughout the summer and fall months of this year. Samples are routinely collected three days each week in four experimental locations: a cornfield, a barnyard, an urban lawn and an urban rooftop. Samples from the four loca- tions are immediately taken to Kammer- meyer's indoor laboratory for culture and further study. Physicians have known for some time that mold spores can cause asthma; however, most medical attention has been focused un other known asthma-Inducing substaiices or simply upon development of drugs to counter symptoms of allergic asthma. Desensltizatlon, a process of building up the body's allergic resistance through Immu- nization with extracts of substances to which an individual Is allergic can work in fighting aslhma attacks! The process Is often 'pre- ferred as an alternative to a steady diet of anlihislamines and bronchial dialalors (drugs asthma To be effective, however, desensitizatlun requires.knowledge of all substances which prompt aslhma attacks in each individual case.. Not Recognized According lo officials of the lung associa- tion, there'are still a number of unknowns in asthma treatment which remain to be solved. The role of mold spores in Iowa is one such unknown. Preliminary findings of Hie Kammer- meyer project reveal answers to some of these questions may be within reach. First, the abundance of mold spores in samples collected from Iowa air exceeded even Kammerincyer's generous expcjtallons. Moreover, during the tedious laboratory work of sorting and Identifying molds present In 'bach of the ulr samples, some types of air- borne molds identified were not previously known to bo common In Iowa. Indeed, seme have not been recognized as common any- where across the nation. Oddly enough, during (ho summer months mold spore counts in urban settings nearly equalled samples taken In the rural farm areas. Only during the fait harvest season did Ihe rural problem become significantly greater. From a clinical point of view, the most significant aspect of these discoveries Is the Identification of several previously unsus- pected varieties of mold spores which appear lo be causing asthma and other adverse re- spiratory conditions among lowans. As the result of Dr. Kammermeyer's work to evaluation and treatment for asthma throughout the state can be improved and sig- nificant numbers of patients may hope for more effective medical relief. Real Importance "There is still a great deal of work to be done along these lines in Dr. Kam- mermoycr noted, "but these Initial findings are of real Importance to the treatment of chronic, often disabling diseases such as asthma and farmer's lung. Additionally, these findings may even benefit hay fever sufferers." "It Is Important to realize not everyone with an allergic respiratory condition is sensitive to breathing mold spores. For those who are, however, the findings of this project are significant." Nationwide, more than nine million Americans are afflicted with asthma. Al- though not generally regarded as a fatal dis- ease, asthma is responsible for nearly deaths yearly across the nation. Dr. Kammermeyer's research project is one of. four in Iowa currently supported by the lung association as part of its annual program of research, education, patient and community services. Funds for the associa- tion's programs are provided by charitable contributions lo the annual Christmas seal campaign, a special Iowa lung research program and selected special events throughout the state. More information about asthma or other lung disorders may be obtained by contacting the American Lung Assn. of Iowa, 1818 High street, Des Moines 50309. Winneshiek Gravestones Reveal Old Legends, Facts (Continued from Page IB.) road from Ridgeway to Cresco in 1869. Since nobody knew his name and had no way of identifying him, his body was buried beside the railroad track in a grave that prompt- ed the founding of the Ridge- way cemetery. A model for persons inter- ested in improving the ap- pearance and maintenance of old cemeteries can be seen in the western part of Sumner Township, between Spillville and Protivin, where one of the most attractive landmarks in the area is the Bohemian Na- tional cemetery. Ground care and landscap- ing along with good general upkeep combine to make the Bohemian an attractive and dignified memorial to pi- oneers of this area'. One of the most historical burial plots in Winneshiek county perhaps in Iowa is marked by a six-foot, cloudy-white, stone shaft less than 100 feet southeast of the north gate of the Burr Oak cemetery. Burr Oak is a small village, about 11 miles north of Decorah on highway 52. where Laura Ingalls Wilder, noted author, once lived. Symms Legend The tall, lime-worn shaft on the north edge of Ihe Burr Oak cemetery marks the buri- al plot of (he Richard A. Symms family. According to a legend on the west side of the stone, the father died May 14. 1864, at 51 years of age. On the opposite side of the stone another inscription in- dicates Ihe mother, Adaliza A. Symms, died October 13, 1878, at 58 years of age. On the north side of the monument, is an inscription which shows that William W. Symms, a son, died in Ander- sonville prison during the Civil war, Sept. 18, 1864, at 22 years of age just three months following the death of his father. The inscription on the south Richard A. Symms Family Gravestone side of (he stone shows that another son, Darwin E. Symms, was killed at the bat- tle of Little Big Horn with Custer, -June 25. 1870, at the age of 25. These are samples of facts and legends uncovered in Winneshiek county during the last several years by one man's unusual hobby. Weigle's objectives include filing his records In Luther college archives at Decorah, making copies available lo relatives and friends .in the Winneshiek county recorder's office, and producing a map showing the various burial sites in the county. Mark Graves "I want to make it very Weigle says, "that we are anxious to obtain informa- tion on any isolated graves or abandoned cemeteries that have riot yet been recorded. We are inclined to think Ihere may be more. "It is my hope that interest awakened by my hobby-study will prompt individuals and organizations to make a concerted effort 'to fence oft, clean up, and properly mark every grave in our county in a manner showing respect for those who blazed the trails here for us." ..Decorah's .self-appointed grave statistician also enter- tains a hope that enough in- terest in grave restoration will develop among the people of Iowa lo make possible the founding of numerous local organizations which can be .banded together in a slate association. He ciles Wisconsin as a slale in which this has been done, coordinating Ihe finding, recording, and restoration of all graves and burial plots in the state. Lincoln Voters to Decide Bond Issue MECHANICSVILLE-Voters in the Lincoln Community school district will go to the polls Tuesday to decide a two and one-half mill maintenance and repair levy. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at both Me- chanicsvillo and Stanwood. 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