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Sleeping Pills Boost Danger of Falls, Fractures in Older Users

Posted 3 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 – Falls and resulting hip fractures can prove disabling and even fatal for seniors. And new research suggests the risk of hip fractures rises soon after an older person is prescribed a sleeping pill. Specifically, older people are at greater risk for hip fractures for two weeks after they start taking prescription sleeping pills. Those pills include benzodiazepines such as Valium or Ativan, and newer "Z-drug" alternatives such as Ambien, Sonata or Lunesta. Even though Z-drugs are often prescribed to help people sleep, "there is no evidence that they are a safer alternative to benzodiazepines in relation to hip fracture risk," said study lead author Dr. Ben Carter, of Cardiff University's School of Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, in the United Kingdom. "Our study shows that both appear to significantly increase the risk of hip fracture when newly ... Read more

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What's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Choosing an over-the-counter allergy medicine for a child sounds easy enough. But a new survey finds that the wide range of allergy medications, along with dosing and labeling differences, can make it a challenge to select the right medicine for kids. "Parents often face an overwhelming selection of allergy medicine without clear guidelines on how to choose the right one for their child," said pediatrician Dr. Gary Freed. Freed is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. "If parents are unsure how to navigate allergy medication choices, they should always check with their child's health-care provider," Freed said in a university news release. Freed's group surveyed more than 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12 across the United States. More than half of the parents had given allergy ... Read more

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Don't Let Bugs Dampen Your Outdoor Fun

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 15, 2017 – If you've spent any time outdoors recently, you may have found yourself swatting away a fly or mosquito – and that means it's time to bone up on bug avoidance. "Although most bug bites are harmless, some can spread dangerous diseases like Zika virus, dengue, Lyme disease and malaria," said Dr. Lindsay Strowd, an assistant professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Particularly if you're visiting areas with known insect-borne diseases, it's important to take steps to reduce your risk," Strowd said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Here are Strowd's tips to avoid unwanted bites. Your best defense against insect bites is to cover yourself – with bug spray and clothes. Apply insect repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. If you're also wearing sunscreen, apply your sunscreen first, let it dry, and ... Read more

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Say Goodbye to Allergy Misery in Spring

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 1, 2017 – Spring can rain misery on allergy sufferers, but there are a number of ways to ease your agony, a physician expert says. "Allergies affect millions in the U.S., and while there is no way to avoid irritants like pollen entirely, there are simple solutions to mitigate allergic reactions," said Dr. Joseph Cooke. Cooke is chair of the department of medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. In the springtime, trees and plants release pollen into the air to fertilize other plants. This pollen can enter your nasal passages and trigger an immune response, he explained. "As winter evolves into spring, sometimes it just makes sense to stay indoors," Cooke said in a hospital news release. "Allergy sufferers should pay attention to the pollen index, use vacuums designed to better pick up common irritants, and close their windows when the pollen count is high," ... Read more

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Ready for Spring Allergies?

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Spring routinely spells misery for allergy sufferers, but a recent survey reveals that most patients don't try to manage their symptoms until it's too late. The survey asked more than 1,000 adults with seasonal allergies and more than 500 parents of children with seasonal allergies how they prepared for the high pollen counts that come with warmer weather. The survey found that three out of four only thought about managing symptoms once they were experiencing those symptoms or when allergy season had already started. Also, more than half did not know what prescriptions were available to ease their allergy symptoms, while roughly a third did not know their allergy triggers or how to ease symptoms. And less than half of adults surveyed visited a doctor for advice or got a prescription for an allergy treatment before allergy season began. The survey was ... Read more

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Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Having an allergy to one type of nut may not necessarily doom you to a lifelong avoidance of all nuts, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half of the people who were allergic to one type of tree nut did not have a reaction to other tree nuts, the researchers reported. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly, the scientists also discovered that almost none of those with peanut allergies were allergic to tree nuts. Peanuts are actually legumes, and not nuts. Even if you have a positive skin or blood prick test to a tree nut, you aren't automatically allergic, especially if you've never actually eaten that tree nut, the researchers explained. Instead, allergy sufferers should take what is called an oral food challenge, the researchers said. In such a challenge, they eat increasingly larger amounts of ... Read more

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Welcome Spring and Still Survive Your Allergies

Posted 19 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 19, 2017 – If you have seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring on Monday is probably less about warmth and flowers and more about itchy eyes and congestion. But there are ways to ease allergy misery and keep asthma symptoms in check, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). "People think they're doing everything they can to battle spring allergies," said AAAAI President Dr. Stephen Tilles, a Washington-based allergist. "But many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don't realize is that by following a few simple rules they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable," he said in a news release from the group Here, he offers some tips: Do some spring cleaning. Dust and cobwebs can accumulate over the winter. Mold can also ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Treatment for Dust Mite Allergies

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – A new treatment for dust mite allergies has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Odactra is a year-round, once-a-day tablet that's dissolved under the tongue. It's approved for use in people aged 18 to 65. "House dust mite allergic disease can negatively impact a person's quality of life," said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. "The approval of Odactra provides patients an alternative treatment to allergy shots to help address their symptoms," he added in an agency news release. House dust mites are tiny bugs found in such places as bedding, upholstered furniture and carpets. Symptoms of dust mite allergies include a cough, sneezing, runny nose and congestion, as well as itchy and watery eyes. Odactra exposes patients to dust mite allergens in order to retrain the immune system, and reduce ... Read more

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Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says you may be a candidate for allergy shots if: Your symptoms are moderate-to-severe and your allergy season lasts a few months or more. You want to avoid long-term use of allergy medications. You can commit the time needed for getting regular allergy shots. You can afford the cost of allergy shots and related medical visits. Read more

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How to Control Mold, Avoid Allergies

Posted 19 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – Mold can grow almost anywhere. But limiting moisture can help prevent it from developing indoors and causing health problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If mold develops it must be removed, because it can cause allergic reactions, asthma and other breathing problems. Use water and detergent to remove mold from surfaces and dry affected areas completely afterwards. If mold develops on absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, they may need to be replaced. To prevent mold from returning, it's important to get rid of the water or leak that's causing it to grow. Indoor humidity or moisture must be reduced to no more than 60 percent. To do this, the EPA offers these tips: Provide ventilation to the outside for clothes dryers, bathrooms and other areas that produce moisture. Use air conditioners and de-humidifiers. Use exhaust fans while ... Read more

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Immunotherapy Not a Quick Fix for Hay Fever

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Immunotherapy – often in the form of allergy shots – can combat the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure of persistent hay fever. But it can't be done in less than three years, British researchers report. Two years of immunotherapy was only as effective as a placebo, the study authors said. The key, the researchers added, seems to be a third year of treatment. "Immunotherapy for hay fever [allergic rhinitis] involves receiving a high dose of grass pollen vaccine either as a monthly injection or as a daily pill placed under the tongue," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Durham. He is a professor of allergy and respiratory medicine at Imperial College London in England. About 15 percent of Americans suffer from diagnosed hay fever, and 30 percent report having symptoms of hay fever, which can negatively affect quality of life and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Culprits Behind Stained Teeth

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If your teeth aren't bright white, the foods you eat or habits such as smoking may be to blame. The American Dental Association mentions these potential factors for stained teeth: Drinking red wine, coffee or tea. Using tobacco. Getting older, which leads to enamel wear and allows yellowish dentin to show through. Using an antihistamine, high-blood pressure medication, some chemotherapy drugs or antipsychotic medication. Some children who take certain antibiotics also may have tooth discoloration. Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Be a Night Owl

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You know it's not healthy to get too little sleep. But going to bed earlier is no cinch. The National Sleep Foundation offers this advice: Establish the same desired bedtime each night, even on weekends. Make all electronics off-limits for 30 minutes before that time. Trim back by 15 minutes at a time if you're pushing bedtime back significantly. Exercise each day, but do so at least four hours before bed. Consider some light yoga or stretching. Avoid food, drinks, medication or tobacco products that contain caffeine, alcohol or nicotine, which can keep you awake. Prepare for sleep an hour before your desired bedtime. That means washing your face, brushing your teeth, reading or listening to music. Follow this same routine each night. Set an alarm for when it's time to start your bedtime routine and turn off any electronics. Read more

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Jet Lag a Drag on Pro Baseball Players

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Skipping across time zones might be more than just tiring for pro baseball players: The resulting jet lag may actually harm their performance on the field, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 40,000 Major League Baseball games played over 20 years. The conclusion: jet lag may have a significant impact on players. The Northwestern University researchers said they found that jet lag slowed the base running of home teams but not away teams. And both home and away pitchers gave up more home runs when jet-lagged. "Jet lag does impair the performance of Major League Baseball players. The negative effects of jet lag we found are subtle, but they are detectable and significant. And they happen on both offense and defense and for both home and away teams, often in surprising ways," study leader Ravi Allada, a circadian rhythms expert, said in a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Are you sabotaging your own attempts to get more shuteye? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Identify and correct any unhealthy sleep habits. Instead of checking your smartphone just before bed, do something relaxing, such as meditating. Prepare your bed well before bedtime. Wash and change bedsheets regularly. Read more

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