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Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care

Posted 2 days 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – A family's income may play a big role in the type of care a child with food allergies receives, a new study suggests. The researchers found that poorer families – those making under $50,000 a year – spent less on non-allergenic foods, medical specialists and important medications, such as lifesaving epinephrine injectors. As a result, "poor people may therefore be experiencing more food allergy reactions," said study co-author Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She's the director of the Program for Maternal and Child Health at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The study also found that low-income families incurred an average of $1,021 in emergency and hospital costs per year, compared to $416 for those with household incomes over $100,000. An estimated 8 percent of U.S. children have food allergies, according to background information with the study. And ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Food Allergy

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A family member with a food allergy deserves serious attention to help protect against an allergic reaction. But does that mean you should ban the problem food? Consider these questions, courtesy of the Food Allergy Research and Education website: How have you handled accidental exposure and allergic reactions in the past? How tough would it be on all other family members if the food were not allowed at home? What ages are children living at home, and how many are there? Will banning the food affect the quality of life? How will you teach the allergic child to avoid the problem food outside the home if it's banned at home? Read more

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Health Tip: Managing a Food Allergy at Work

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Office lunches are a good opportunity to socialize with co-workers. But you should take precautions if you have a food allergy. The Food Allergy Research and Education website offers this advice: Suggest a list of restaurants you're familiar with. Offer to book the meeting yourself, so you can speak with the restaurant manager. If a restaurant can't meet your needs, don't be too shy to make an alternate suggestion. Suggest a coffee break, instead of a full meal. Read more

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An Expert's Guide to Sneezin' Season

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – This could be a bad spring allergy season and people with allergies need to be prepared, an expert warns. "With the crazy up and down weather, some parts of the country could see worse allergy-provoking conditions. There is likely to be a pollen superburst this season, so sufferers should get ready," Dr. Jordan Josephson, a sinus specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "It promises to be a nasty spring," he added. It's crucial to deal with allergy symptoms immediately, according to Josephson. "Allergies left untreated can cause sinus swelling leading to chronic sinusitis. Allergies can also affect your digestive tract. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a direct response of the allergic response. So allergies can seriously affect your quality of life. Just ask any allergy or sinus sufferer," he said. ... Read more

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Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Many parents who worry that their baby is at risk of asthma, allergies or type 1 diabetes may turn to special cow's milk formulas touted to lower the risk. But a new review of the data on these "hydrolyzed" infant formulas finds no good evidence that they actually protect children from the autoimmune disorders. "We found no consistent evidence to support a protective role for partially or extensively hydrolyzed formula," concluded a team led by Robert Boyle of Imperial College London in England. "Our findings conflict with current international guidelines, in which hydrolyzed formula is widely recommended for young formula-fed infants with a family history of allergic disease," the study authors added. One expert in the United States said the finding casts doubt on the usefulness of these special formula products. "Allergies and autoimmune diseases [such as ... Read more

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Poverty Linked to Asthma, Allergy Treatment Failure

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – People with asthma or food allergies who are poor have worse treatment outcomes, two new studies suggest. "We found that patients who have asthma and come from lower income households – making less than $50,000 every year – are one and a half times more likely to see treatment fail. They are also almost twice as likely to have an asthma exacerbation," study co-author Dr. Juan Carlos Cardet said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Cardet, who is from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and his research team surveyed nearly 400 people with asthma. They found that lower income was strongly linked with poor treatment outcomes, regardless of race, stress and education levels. "Income is an independent risk factor for worse asthma outcomes," Cardet said. But the study did not show a cause-and-effect relationship ... Read more

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Supervised Exposure Therapy for Peanut Allergy Lasts, Study Finds

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – Once a tolerance to peanuts has developed in kids considered at high-risk for developing a peanut allergy, it seems to last, new research suggests. The children in the study developed a tolerance after they were fed peanuts for years as part of a supervised clinical trial. Now, the researchers are reporting that those youngsters maintained their tolerance for at least a year, even if they didn't keep eating peanuts. "The therapy persisted, and after 12 months of avoidance there was no increase in the rates of peanut allergy. They maintained their ability to tolerate peanuts, even though they hadn't been eating it," said Dr. Sherry Farzan, an allergist with Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. Farzan wasn't involved in the research. This suggests that the immune system "learns" that peanut is not a threat to the body, and kids won't have to keep eating peanuts ... Read more

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Allergy Shots Still Effective for Seniors

Posted 9 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Allergy shots can still benefit seniors with allergies, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with hay fever between the ages of 65 and 75 who were given either allergy shots or a placebo for three years. Those who received the allergy shots had a 55 percent reduction in symptoms and a 64 percent decrease in their use of allergy relief medication, according to the study results. They were published Feb. 9 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The researchers, led by Dr. Andrzej Bozek of Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, said diagnosis and management of hay fever in seniors can be challenging because they tend to have other health conditions. The researchers added that their findings show that an aging immune system doesn't significantly reduce the effectiveness of allergy shots. While allergy shots are known to benefit ... Read more

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Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – People with respiratory allergies, asthma and the skin condition eczema may be less likely to develop glioma brain cancer, a new study suggests. The international team of researchers looked at more than 4,500 glioma patients and almost 4,200 people without brain cancer. The investigators found that a history of respiratory allergies, asthma and eczema was associated with a reduced risk for glioma. People with respiratory allergies or eczema were 30 percent less likely to develop the deadly brain cancer than those without such conditions, the study found. Although the study found an association between allergic conditions and a lower risk of gliomas, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between those factors. The study was released online Feb. 5 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. "Many other studies have shown this ... Read more

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Parents Often Ill-Informed About Food-Allergy Emergencies

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – Many parents of children with food allergies say doctors did not discuss emergency care for their youngsters, a new study finds. It's crucial that parents have a written emergency plan for home and school, the study authors said. "This is potentially lifesaving information," study author Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an associate professor in pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release. "Physicians need to make sure patients understand when and how to use epinephrine and that they have an emergency action plan," she added. Gupta's team surveyed 859 Chicago-area parents of children with food allergies. Less than 70 percent said their child's allergist explained when to use epinephrine, and less than 40 percent said their child's pediatrician did so, the study found. Even fewer parents said they were shown ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dining Out With Food Allergies

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Restaurants aren't off-limits if you have a severe food allergy, but you should plan ahead to make sure you stay safe. The Food Allergy Research and Education website advises: Call the restaurant and speak with the chef about which menu items are safe choices. Plan your meal times within the first hour of meal service, so the restaurant is less busy and the staff more alert. Bring a chef card that explains your allergies. Always bring an epinephrine pen, a medical ID bracelet and any medications you may need. Ask around for allergy-friendly restaurants, or opt for a chain restaurant that is allergy-aware and likely has the same menu at any location. Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Allergic to Your Pet?

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you suspect you're allergic to your pet, be on the lookout for typical symptoms. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology mentions these potential signs of animal allergy: Sneezing and runny nose. Watery, itchy eyes. Nasal congestion. Itchy skin or hives. Signs of asthma, such as wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing. Read more

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Health Tip: Struggling With Chronic Cough?

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Chronic cough occurs when you've been coughing steadily for eight weeks or longer. It's not always a sign of a serious health problem, but it can be annoying nonetheless. To help calm your chronic cough, the Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoiding exposure to allergens that are known to trigger your cough. Quitting smoking, which is a common cause of chronic bronchitis. Managing acid reflux, which can worsen cough. To help tame acid reflux, cut portion sizes, stay upright for several hours after eating, and sleep with the head of your bed elevated. Read more

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Health Tip: Recogize Signs of Mold Allergy

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Mold is a common allergen that can grow indoors or outside. If you have a mold allergy, your immune system overreacts when you inhale mold spores. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says possible symptoms of mold allergy include: Stuffy or runny nose. Frequent sneezing. Wheezing or coughing. Itching of the throat or ears. Itching and swelling of the eyes. Difficulty breathing. Read more

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Kids With Asthma, Allergies May Face Higher Heart Risk Factors: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – A new study suggests that kids with asthma or allergies like hay fever may face as much as a doubling of their risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol – even if they aren't overweight. However, the risk to any one child remains low, experts stressed, and it's not clear whether allergic diseases directly cause these problems. It's possible that another factor – such as a lack of exercise – could play a role. Still, study author Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, said, "You have common health problems that turn out to have a lot more serious consequences in some kids." According to Silverberg, an associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, prior research has shown that adults with allergic disorders are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease. His own research has hinted at links between the ... Read more

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