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Congress Questioning EpiPen Price Hike

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

Members of Congress want the maker of EpiPens to explain why the price of the lifesaving product has risen 400 percent since 2007 and now costs as much as $600. An EpiPen delivers a potentially life-saving injection of medicine into people suffering a severe allergic reaction. In a letter to the pharmaceutical company Mylan, Senator Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who heads the Judiciary Committee, demanded to know the reasons for the huge price hike, The New York Times reported. "Access to epinephrine can mean the difference between life and death, especially for children," wrote Grassley, who also noted that many children who need EpiPens are enrolled in government health care programs. "It follows that many of the children who are prescribed EpiPens are covered by Medicaid, and therefore, the taxpayers are picking up the tab for this medication," he wrote. Previously, Senator ... Read more

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4 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – When you're enjoying the great outdoors, be on the lookout for poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. The urushiol oil in their sap can cause itching, a red rash and blisters. These symptoms can appear from a few hours to several days after exposure, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Learn what these plants look like so you can avoid them. The old saying "Leaves of three, let it be" is a helpful reminder for poison ivy and poison oak. But it's not foolproof – the form may vary depending on the type of plant you encounter. Poison sumac, meanwhile, usually has clusters of 7 to 13 leaves, according to the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. If you're working in areas with these plants, wear long sleeves, long pants tucked into boots and impermeable gloves. Wash garden tools and gloves regularly. Wash pets if they may ... Read more

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Giving Certain Foods Early May Cut Allergy Risk

Posted 18 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Doctors have long warned parents to delay introducing certain foods to babies to decrease the risk of a potential allergic reaction, but a new study suggests that strategy probably doesn't help. The study of about 1,400 children found that when babies were given peanuts, eggs or cow's milk during their first year, they were less likely to become "sensitized" to those common allergy-causing foods. Being sensitized to a food means a child tests positive on a skin test. "That doesn't necessarily mean a food allergy as such, but it indicates the child is on that pathway," said the study's senior author, Dr. Malcolm Sears. The goal is to reduce the risk of sensitization, which also reduces the risk of allergy, said Sears, a professor in the division of respirology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The study's lead author, Maxwell Tran, said this ... 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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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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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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Don't Assume Siblings Will Have Food Allergies, Too

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Only about one in 10 siblings of children with food allergies also has such allergies, a new study finds. "Too often, it's assumed that if one child in a family has a food allergy, the other kids need to be tested for food allergies," said lead author and allergist Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The study included 1,120 siblings of children with a diagnosed food allergy. Patient histories and testing revealed that while 53 percent of the siblings had a food sensitivity, only 13 percent had an actual food allergy, the researchers found. The study was scheduled for presentation Thursday at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in San Antonio. The findings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. The study authors ... Read more

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Halloween Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Parents of youngsters with food allergies may feel Halloween is more trick than treat, but the holiday's risks can be reduced with some simple precautions, an expert says. "Every year Halloween is a bigger celebration. And every year, parents of kids with food allergies have to think about ways to keep their child safe from potential allergic reactions," allergist Dr. Janna Tuck said in an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) news release. "About 4 to 6 percent of children in the United States have a food allergy. And while many kids are good at knowing what they're allergic to, sometimes there are hidden dangers kids and parents need to be aware of," she added. One way to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies is to put the emphasis on spookiness rather than treats. There are many fun things to do that don't involve eating, ... Read more

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Health Tip: If Allergic to Eggs

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- People who are allergic to eggs don't have to miss out on the tasty versatility that eggs offer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these alternatives: In place of scrambled eggs, use cubed firm tofu. In the pan, gently smash it with a fork to make it crumble like a scrambled egg. Sprinkle with a little turmeric for yellow coloring. Use diced extra-firm tofu in place of hard-boiled eggs in salads and sandwiches. Or opt for white beans or baked, ready-to-eat tofu. Use chia seeds or flax seeds mixed with water (1 tablespoon seeds to 3 tablespoons water) in place of eggs in baking to help bind batter. You'll need to let the mixture rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Substitute applesauce, avocado, mashed banana, silken tofu or garbanzo beans for eggs to make baked goods creamier, more moist and richer. For a simple protein-rich snack, opt for Greek yogurt. One-quarter cup (plain, ... Read more

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FDA Approves Tris Pharma's New Drug Application for Karbinal ER

Posted 3 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Tris Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative drug delivery technologies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Karbinal ER (carbinoxamine maleate) Extended-release Oral Suspension 4mg/5mL, the first sustained-release histamine receptor blocking agent indicated for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in children ages 2 and up. "Karbinal ER is dosed only once every 12 hours, making it an attractive treatment option for the millions of allergy sufferers who don't respond to second-generation antihistamines and aren't satisfied with the cumbersome dosing schedules associated with the first-generation antihistamines," said Ketan Mehta, founder, President, and CEO of Tris Pharma. "The approval of Karbinal ER ... Read more

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