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Could Pests, Dust Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Early exposure to pest and pet allergens – cockroaches and mice droppings included – may actually guard children against asthma, a new study of inner-city kids suggests. "This confirms a similar finding last year that June Cleaver was, in fact, wrong," said Dr. Kelvin MacDonald, a pediatric lung specialist at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon who reviewed the findings. "So the apron and string of pearls and Lysol-disinfected home are probably not to your benefit." But don't ditch your feather duster yet, Mom. If a child actually had asthma, then reducing exposure to these allergens helps control the respiratory condition. Plus, an analysis of dust from homes where kids developed the disease by age 7 found elevated levels of certain harmful bacteria, including some present in feces. And a child's asthma risk is significantly higher if their mom ... Read more

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8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health. Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release. Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sure you're up-to-date with health screenings, shots and prescriptions. Ask about the status of allergies and other health issues. Guard against HPV. Sridhar said college students should make sure they have been immunized for human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. "It can cause cervical cancer but can be prevented by the HPV vaccination and screening with pap smears," she said. Know how to get health care on campus. Find out the location of the closest health center that accepts your insurance. Keep track of menstrual ... Read more

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The Best Way to Diagnose a Food Allergy

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Diagnosing a food allergy isn't always simple, but the best way to do it is through an oral food challenge, according to a new study. "It's important to have an accurate diagnosis of food allergy so an allergist can make a clear recommendation as to what foods you need to keep out of your diet," said study senior author and allergist Dr. Carla Davis. "And if no allergy exists, that clears the way to reintroduce foods you may have thought were off-limits," said Davis, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. During an oral food challenge, patients are asked to eat a very small amount of a suspected allergen while under the close supervision of a specially trained doctor, called an allergist. This doctor will evaluate the person for signs of an allergic reaction. Researchers who analyzed more than 6,300 oral food challenges ... Read more

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How to Fight Fall Allergies

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 27, 2017 – People who suffer from allergies may start sneezing and wheezing in the fall, but there are things they can do to ease their seasonal misery. "If it feels as though your allergy symptoms flare up earlier and earlier every year, you're probably not wrong," said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "Climate change may actually be causing an earlier and longer fall allergy season," he added in an ACAAI news release. "In addition, windy days can mean heightened allergy symptoms, because wind can carry the pollen from ragweed, grasses and trees up to 100 miles from its source." Tilles provided the following tips to help people with seasonal allergies avoid flare-ups of their symptoms: Plan ahead. So-called "fall" allergens actually start to appear in mid-August. If you rely on allergy medication, start ... Read more

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Serious Reactions to Vaccines Rarely Recur: Review

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – When a child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, the chances of it happening again are slim, a new analysis suggests. The review, of 29 studies, found that severe vaccine reactions recurred rarely, if ever, when a child received the same vaccine again, or one with similar ingredients. Those reactions included seizures and a potentially dangerous allergic response called anaphylaxis. Fevers – a more common side effect – recurred more often. But they were usually milder and short-lived the second time around, the researchers reported. Experts called the findings "reassuring," and another piece of evidence that childhood vaccinations are safe. Any vaccine can cause side effects, but they are generally minor, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A sore arm or low-grade fever are among the most common, the agency says. Rarely, though, ... Read more

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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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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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