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Allergies Less Common in Kids Who Suck Thumb, Bite Nails

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – If your kid's nail-biting or thumb-sucking habit drives you nuts, you'll be happy to hear that a new study suggests those habits may have a health benefit. Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails past preschool age may be less prone to allergic reactions when they reached adolescence, researchers said. What's more, the study found that the protective effects seemed to last into adulthood. Still no one is suggesting that kids be encouraged to take up the habits, said senior researcher Dr. Robert Hancox, of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. With thumb-sucking, in particular, there's some concern that it can interfere with the alignment of the teeth as they come in. "We don't wish to dismiss these concerns," Hancox said. "But," he added, "if a child has a habit that is difficult to break, maybe there is some consolation in the fact that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spot Signs of Summer Allergies

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Think you've had a summer cold? Summer allergies might actually be to blame. Here are some warning signs of allergy, courtesy of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Dark circles below the eyes. Swollen adenoids that cause the face to look tired and droopy. A nasal crease, which is a line that forms on the bridge of the nose. Breathing through the mouth due to nasal congestion. Read more

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Asthma Symptoms Can Bloom in Springtime

Posted 29 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Asthma symptoms increase in spring, making it especially important for people with the lung disease to be aware of triggers and risk factors, an expert says. "Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing," said Dr. Linda Rogers, director of the clinical asthma program at Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, in New York City. "While there is no cure for asthma, a personalized care plan including appropriate medications and education on triggers and proper care techniques can prevent attacks from occurring, helping patients lead a full and active life," she said in a Mount Sinai news release. An asthma attack can cause airways to swell, which constricts airflow and results in difficulty breathing. Common asthma triggers include tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, dust mites, pet dander, ... Read more

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At Least 1 Full-Time Nurse Per School, Pediatric Group Recommends

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Every school should have at least one full-time registered nurse, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement says. "School nursing is one of the most effective ways to keep children healthy and in school and to prevent chronic absenteeism," Dr. Breena Welch Holmes, a lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on School Health, said in an AAP news release. But school district policies about nurses may lack uniformity. And such policies often need updating, the AAP noted. In the past, the AAP supported having one school nurse for every 750 healthy students and one nurse for every 225 students who needed professional nursing assistance. But these ratios aren't enough to meet the health needs of today's students, the new policy says. "As student health needs became more complex, the school nursing role has expanded to include ... 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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Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin actually aren't, an allergist says. "Hypersensitivity reactions are the major problem in the use of penicillin," said Dr. Thomas Leath, an allergist with the Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Many people who report a penicillin allergy don't even know why. It could be because they had a reaction when they were very young, or because a family member had an allergic reaction and told their children not to take penicillin," he said in a university news release. People who are allergic to penicillin often have to take more expensive antibiotics that can have more side effects, Leath noted. While many people tell their doctor they are allergic to penicillin, a Mayo Clinic study found that 80 percent to 90 percent of people who list a penicillin allergy have no evidence of a true reaction and avoid the drug ... Read more

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Managing Allergies, Asthma 101

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Teens with allergies or asthma who are heading for college later this year should begin preparing for the transition now, an expert says. "For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living independently," said Dr. David Stukus, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Public Relations Committee. "In addition to moving to a new place, many must learn to manage their own schedule, diet, exercise and health. Young people may find their allergies and asthma neglected due to other, seemingly more important demands on their attention," he said in a college news release. Stukus offers tips on how teens with allergies or asthma can prepare for college in an article published May 3 in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The first step, he said, is to meet with your allergist and: Review your asthma and/or ... Read more

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Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care

Posted 27 Apr 2016 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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