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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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Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Shoppers are often confused by food labels that warn of potential allergens, and the consequences can be serious, new research suggests. "Up to 40 percent of consumers who either themselves have a food allergy or a child with a food allergy are purchasing products with precautionary allergen labels," said lead researcher Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She is a pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The most misunderstood food labels, the researchers found, are those that say "may contain" or "manufactured on shared equipment." While those labels may sound like the foods aren't as dangerous as those that say a product definitely contains a particular allergen, that's not the case, Gupta stressed. Gupta and her colleagues conducted an online survey of more than 6,600 respondents in the United States and Canada. Those answering the questions either ... Read more
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