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Allergy Shots Still Effective for Seniors

Posted 20 hours ago 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 days ago 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 15 days ago 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 20 days ago 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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Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- An antibiotic can be a lifesaver if you or someone you love has a bacterial infection. But an antibiotic isn't always appropriate or necessary, warns the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are potential risks: Causing inadvertent destruction of "good" bacteria, which may cause additional problems, such as a yeast infection or diarrhea. Causing an infection that's resistant to antibiotics and is difficult to treat. This type of infection may become severe and lead to hospitalization. Developing a serious allergic reaction that may require hospitalization. Before you use any antibiotic, make sure your doctor approves. Read more

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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 – There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says. "Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it's not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing," Dr. Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. "Even after the pollen season dies down, there are environmental triggers to deal with – things like mold, dust and pet dander. The winter holidays can bring a whole new set of triggers," he explained. For example, very cold, dry air can trigger asthma, experts warn. When going outside in very cold weather, people with asthma should cover their mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask, especially if they're exercising. People with allergies and ... Read more

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Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not, Researchers Say

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Many people who've been told they're allergic to penicillin may be able to safely take the drug, a small study suggests. Most people who believe they are allergic to penicillin have been told so by a doctor after having a reaction to the antibiotic. Most never take penicillin again, even if they are never tested for the allergy, the researchers said. The researchers examined the medical records of 15 people who tested negative for penicillin allergy after being told they were allergic. They were then treated with intravenous penicillin multiple times. The study was to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in San Antonio. "Of the patients whose records we examined, there were no adverse drug reactions or evidence of recurrence of their penicillin allergy," study author and allergist Dr. David Khan ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Not Help Prevent Allergies in Kids, Study Claims

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Breast-fed children are just as likely to develop allergies as children who were formula-fed, preliminary new research suggests. But the study, which analyzed medical records from nearly 200 children aged 4 through 18, compared those who were "ever" breast-fed – regardless of duration – with those who had consumed only formula. The results conflict with conventional wisdom indicating that breast-feeding might protect children from a host of infections and other ailments, including allergies. "We think breast-feeding prevents a lot of allergies, but surprisingly, we found that kids [in both groups] had similar numbers of allergies," said study author Dr. Quindelyn Cook, a resident physician in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center. "Mothers should definitely continue to breast-feed," Cook added. "Definitely this would need to be studied on a ... Read more

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Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than one million Swedish children. They found that those who grew up with dogs in the home were nearly 15 percent less likely to develop asthma than those not exposed to dogs. The new study also confirmed earlier research showing that children who grow up on farms have lower rates of asthma. While the study can't prove cause-and-effect, it does "support the 'hygiene hypothesis,' in that early exposure of children to microbes may support the development of a healthy immune system," said Dr. Sherry Farzan, an allergist and immunologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. She was not involved in the study. The findings were published online Nov. 2 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study was led by ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP): Recall - Potential Inaccurate Dosage Delivery

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi-Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot number 2299596 through 3037230, which expire March 2016 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery. See the Press Release for product photos. As of October 26, 2015, Sanofi has received 26 reports of suspected device malfunctions in the US and Canada. None of these device malfunction reports have been confirmed. In these reports, patients have described symptoms of the underlying hypersensitivity reaction. No fatal outcomes have been reported among these cases. If a patient experiencing a serious allergic reaction (i.e., anaphylaxis) did not receive the intended dose, there could be ... Read more

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Drugmaker Recalls Injectors Used to Treat Allergic Reactions

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – Hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors are being recalled by the drug company Sanofi because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug to people suffering severe allergic reactions. All packs of the Auvi-Q injectors are being recalled in the United States, the French drug maker said in a news release. Most packs contain two injectors. It's believed that about 200,000 people in the United States have the injectors. Sanofi said it has received 26 reports from the United States and Canada of inaccurate dosage delivery from the injectors, but none resulted in patient deaths. The injectors are used to treat severe allergic reactions triggered by insect bites or stings, foods, medications, latex, and other causes. If a patient having a serious allergic reaction – called anaphylaxis – did not receive the intended dose, serious health ... Read more

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