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Scientists Gain Insight Into Allergies

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Scientists report they've pinpointed which immune system cells trigger allergies. The discovery may someday lead to a blood test that improves treatment, they suggest. These cells "represent a common enemy to every allergic individual that we can now easily track," said study author Erik Wambre. He's an immunology researcher at Seattle's Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. Allergic reactions stem from an inappropriate immune response to usually benign substances such as mold, pollen or peanuts. In the United States, almost 50 million Americans have nasal allergies, and as many as 200 die from serious food allergies a year. According to Wambre, more "biomarkers" – signs of illness that can show up in tests – are needed to improve allergy detection and assess treatment. At the moment, doctors rely on skin pricks to test your reaction to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Learn Your Risk for Asthma

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Asthma can begin at any age, but it usually starts in childhood. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says risk factors for developing asthma include: Having frequent respiratory infections and wheezing. Having a parent with asthma. Having allergies. Having eczema. Being a boy or an adult woman. Working in an environment with dust and chemicals. Read more

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Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, suggests a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's common for people to think they have a food allergy, but the reality may be different, said Dr. Scott Sicherer, the lead author of the AAP report. "If you ask someone on the street if they have a food allergy, there's a good chance they'll say 'yes,' " said Sicherer, who heads pediatric allergy and immunology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But a true food allergy involves an immune system reaction against a particular food, he explained. Just because you think a food upsets you, that doesn't mean it's an allergy, Sicherer said. And it's critical to distinguish an allergy from other "adverse reactions" to food, he stressed. "Some people may have an intolerance, such as ... Read more

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Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Babies born today will have about a dozen wellness visits by the time they reach age 3. At that point, these checkups typically drop to just once a year, often before kids head back to school. So it's important to make the most of each visit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. These visits include a physical exam as well as developmental, behavioral and learning assessments. They're also your opportunity to ask questions. With limited time in the exam room, make your list of questions in advance and prioritize them in order of importance. Also, ask any caregivers who spend lots of time with your child if they have questions or concerns that you should bring up. Talk about school safety with the pediatrician, including on the playground and in the cafeteria, especially if your child has allergies. And ask about any precautions to take if your ... Read more

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Climate Change Delivers 'Double Whammy' to 4 in 10 Americans

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Four in 10 Americans live in areas where they face a climate change-linked "double whammy" of smog and high ragweed pollen levels. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Washington, D.C., was the worst of these "hot spots," the findings showed. People in areas with high levels of ozone smog and ragweed pollen are at increased risk for respiratory allergies and asthma. This can lead to more sick days, increased medical costs, and a higher number of heart problems and premature deaths each year, the report authors noted in an NRDC news release. "It's alarming: Today, 127 million Americans live where ragweed and ozone can threaten their next breath. And climate change can make matters worse," said project leader Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at the NRDC. "This double-whammy health threat will just get worse if ... Read more

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Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – EpiPens are the go-to solution when a child has a severe allergic reaction. But many kids don't get this essential treatment, U.S. researchers found. Even when the epinephrine-delivering device has been prescribed, parents or caretakers frequently fail to use it in the face of a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, investigators found. "In our study, less than half of children experiencing anaphylaxis received epinephrine prior to hospital arrival," said Dr. Melissa Robinson. She's an allergy and immunology fellow at National Jewish Health in Denver. Her team examined medical records of more than 400 children, average age 7, treated for anaphylaxis in a Columbus, Ohio, emergency department or urgent care. The researchers wanted to see if an EpiPen was used when symptoms emerged. About two-thirds of the children had a known history of ... Read more

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Shortage of Bee, Wasp Venom Extract Stings Those With Allergies

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – A shortage of honeybee, wasp and hornet venom extract has allergists concerned. The extract treats people who have potentially life-threatening allergies to stings by these insects. It is given in immunotherapy shots to help build up tolerance to the stings. Manufacturing problems at one of two companies that produce the extract has reduced the U.S. supply by up to 35 percent, according to CNN. The shortage is expected to continue through the summer – peak sting season, researchers warned. "Allergy immunotherapy is one of the best therapies that we have. This treatment can be protective in 99 percent of patients. So, for those patients who cannot be treated or whose treatment is delayed, it's scary and they may limit their levels of outdoor activity," said Dr. Juan Guarderas. He is an allergist-immunologist at University of Florida Health Allergy in Gainesville. ... Read more

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Could a Sweet Tooth in Pregnancy Spur Allergies in Kids?

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Bingeing on chocolate, pastries and soda during pregnancy might have an unintended downside – setting kids up for asthma and allergies, new research suggests. The study of more than 9,000 mother-child pairs in Britain can't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers found that children born to the 20 percent of mothers with the highest sugar intake during pregnancy were 38 percent more likely to have an allergy by the age of 7, and 73 percent more likely to have two or more allergies. The children were assessed at age 7 for common allergies such as dust mites, cat and grass. Compared to children born to women in the lowest category of sugar intake, these kids also had double the odds for allergic asthma, the researchers found. The British team stressed that the association remained even after they factored out the kids' own daily sugar intake. "We cannot ... Read more

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Is Your Child's 'Penicillin Allergy' Real?

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Many children suspected of being allergic to the inexpensive, first-line antibiotic penicillin actually aren't, new research indicates. The findings – which echo similar research earlier this year in adults – mean many patients are instead prescribed more expensive broad-spectrum antibiotics, experts said. These alternatives can come with greater side effects and contribute to a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections. "It's important to question this because it leads to a substantial increase in costs, for both families and the health care system, when we have to switch to a more broad-spectrum antibiotic," said study author Dr. David Vyles. He's an attending pediatric emergency medicine physician at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "We think many cases aren't a true allergic reaction," he added. "It substantially limits the type of antibiotics that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Rid Your Bedroom of Allergens

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sneezing and sniffling triggered by allergies can prevent a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to rid your bedroom of allergens: If you're allergic to pets, keep them out of the bedroom. Bathe pets weekly. Cover your mattress and pillows in dust mite covers, and wash sheets regularly in hot water. Opt for blankets made of synthetic materials, not wool. Limit mold by keeping windows open in the bathroom. Fix leaks and clean up water promptly. If you do have a moldy area, hire a professional to clean it. Skip candles, scented laundry detergent, air fresheners and other heavy fragrances in your bedroom. Clean furnace, air conditioner and vacuum filters regularly. Read more

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Protect Yourself Against Reactions To Insect Stings

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – For most of us, an insect bite means an annoying itch and some minor discomfort. But more and more people are having serious – and even potentially deadly – reactions to bites and stings, researchers report. Up to 7 percent of the adult U.S. population now appears to be allergic to insect stings. Reactions can vary from a large, long-lasting swelling just at the site of the bite to a body-wide response that can even interfere with breathing. And once you have an allergic reaction, you stand a good chance of having another one, even 10 or 20 years later. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), the most serious allergic reactions come from yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants. Experts suggest that if you've ever had an allergic reaction to a sting, schedule a visit with a board-certified allergist. ... Read more

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Adamis Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for Symjepi (epinephrine) Pre-Filled Syringe

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

SAN DIEGO, June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ:ADMP) (“Adamis”) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has approved Adamis’ EPINEPHRINE INJECTION, USP, 1:1000 (0.3 mg Pre-filled single dose syringe) (“PFS”) for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions (Type I) including anaphylaxis. The FDA has also approved the PFS trade name of Symjepi™. Symjepi provides two single dose syringes of epinephrine (adrenaline), which is considered the drug of choice for immediate administration in acute anaphylactic reactions to insect stings or bites, allergic reaction to foods (such as nuts), drugs and other allergens, as well as idiopathic or exercise-induced anaphylaxis. Dr. Dennis J. Carlo, President and CEO of Adamis, stated, “We are very excited by this approval, and at the same time, are already preparing to submit our se ... Read more

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Lifesaving Drugs From Pfizer, Including Epinephrine, in Short Supply: FDA

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with the drug company Pfizer to remedy a shortage of important injectable medications, including emergency syringes of epinephrine. Epinephrine treats anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to bee stings and foods such as peanuts. The drugs in short supply are made by the Pfizer company Hospira. In some cases, the FDA is extending expiration dates. "These are all critically important drugs for treating patients with life-threatening conditions," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The conditions these drugs treat include cardiac arrest (when the heart suddenly stops); a chemical imbalance in the blood called metabolic acidosis; and abnormal heart rhythms, Glatter said. "The reality is this: There is no substitute for medications such as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Summer Allergy Symptoms

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Allergies can cause symptoms that go well beyond the tell-tale red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and case of the sniffles. The American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology says additional symptoms of allergies may include: Allergic shiners, characterized by dark circles under the eyes. A tired, droopy look to the face caused by swollen adenoids. A line that forms on the bridge of the nose, called a nasal crease, from frequently rubbing of an itchy nose. Breathing through the mouth. Read more

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A Sufferer's Guide to Easin' Sneezin' Season

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – When seasonal allergies strike, what remedy is right for you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some answers. An allergy is your body's reaction to a substance it considers an invader. The body reacts to that invader by releasing chemicals called histamines, which cause the sneezing, wheezing and itchy, watery eyes that make life miserable, the FDA explains. Antihistamines are available in many forms, including tablets and liquids. Many oral antihistamines are available over-the-counter (OTC) and some are available by prescription and in generic form, according to the FDA. When choosing an OTC antihistamine, always follow label instructions, said Dr. Jenny Kelty, a pediatric pulmonologist at the FDA. Some can cause drowsiness and interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Others do not have this side effect, she noted in an FDA ... Read more

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