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    1. 'Egg Therapy' May Help Allergic Kids

      July 18, 2012 -- Exposing children with egg allergies to egg in a carefully controlled setting can dramatically reduce and even eliminate potentially life-threatening allergic reactions for some children, new federally funded research shows. About 4% of children in the U.S. have food allergies, acco

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    2. Worst Cities for Spring Allergies in 2012

      March 20, 2012 -- The third time is said to be the charm. But it's doubtful the allergy sufferers in Knoxville find it charming that for a third consecutive year their East Tennessee city has earned the No. 1 spot on the list of the worst places to live with spring allergies. Knoxville natives have

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    3. Bullied Over Food Allergies

      March 9, 2012 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Parents of kids with food allergies should be aware that their children may be teased or harassed because of their condition, experts say. Some bullies even chase kids with the allergy-producing food or throw it in their faces, says A. Erika Morris, MD, of the Univer

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    4. Spring Allergies Strike Early This Year

      Feb. 17, 2012 -- Got a stuffy nose, sore throat, watery eyes, or throbbing head? In February, those symptoms are usually caused by a cold or the flu, but this year, the culprit could be allergies. Thanks to a mild winter, spring allergy season got started nearly a month early in many parts of the U.

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    5. Antibiotics Do Not Reduce Symptoms of Sinus Infection

      Feb. 14, 2012 -- Patients may want to pause before asking for antibiotics to treat a sinus infection. A new study involving more than 150 patients ages 18 to 70 suggests that the antibiotic amoxicillin may be no better than a placebo in improving symptoms for those with sinusitis -- a common inflamm

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    6. Are You a Mosquito Magnet?

      You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from grill to poolside. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely

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    7. Are Vacuum Cleaners Bad for Your Health?

      Jan 6, 2012 -- You vacuum your house religiously to get rid of all the dust, dirt, and bacteria and make sure your indoor air is up to snuff. But new research suggests that some vacuum cleaners may actually be making things worse, not better. Certain vacuum cleaners spit fine dust and bacteria back

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    8. Neti Pot, Nasal Irrigation Pros and Cons

      Chronic sinus or allergy problems can leave you feeling as though your nose is perpetually stuffed. To breathe freely again, many sinus sufferers rely on nasal irrigation, a technique that flushes out clogged nasal passages using a saltwater solution. "I find it to be the first line of defense in de

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    9. Pork-Cat Syndrome an Under-Recognized Allergy

      Nov. 7, 2011 -- Some people with cat allergies may also be allergic to pork and other meats because of a rare type of cross-reactive allergy known as pork-cat syndrome. A new study describes the first six cases of pork-cat syndrome documented in the U.S. The syndrome has been established in Europe s

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    10. Smog: Not an Allergen, but an Irritant

      For people with allergies and asthma, sometimes the very air they breathe can be bad for their health. That’s because a variety of pollutants in our air -- collectively called smog -- can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms, leaving people with these conditions struggling to breathe. Smog is a typ

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