USA Today interviews Dr. David Rosenstreich about research that finds poverty and poor living conditions are the causes of high rates of asthma – whether in cities or suburbs. As the concentration of poverty has increased in suburbs and rural areas, so have the rates of asthma in those areas. Dr. Rosenstreich points out that the asthma rates are vastly different in Harlem compared to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, although the two neighborhoods are next to each other. This reinforces that it is low socioeconomic status and associated poor living conditions that leads to asthma. Dr. Rosenstreich is professor and director of the division of allergy and immunology in the department of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Distinguished Scholar in Microbiology/Immunology at Einstein.

WNYC Radio interviews David Rosenstreich, M.D., about why allergy sufferers believe they are experiencing worse than normal symptoms this year. Dr. Rosenstreich notes that if the pollen count rises gradually, people grow accustomed to their worsening symptoms. But when the pollen count rises quickly, as it has this season, people suddenly get very sick, leading them to believe that their symptoms are worse than usual. Dr. Rosenstreich is the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Distinguished Scholar in Microbiology and Immunology at Einstein and chief of allergy and immunology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center.