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  1. Managing Allergies at Work

    It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with allergies at work is even more challenging. Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting because of allergy symptoms or medications. "Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James

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  2. Get a Whiff of This: Lemon-Scented Clothes

    June 27, 2008 -- Looking for a new way to smell better or hide body odor? A new, lemon-scented fabric may help. In a lab, Portuguese scientists infused a wool-polyester blend with limonene, a lemony scent chemical. Then they tested the fragrance's staying power through dry cleaning and being flexed,

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  3. 'Good' Bacteria May Ease Hay Fever

    June 4, 2008 -- If springtime's splendor leaves you sniffling, "good" bacteria may one day provide relief. New research suggests probiotics can alter the body's immune response to grass pollen -- a common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. The landmark study published in Clinical and

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  4. 100 Worst Spring Allergy Cities

    April 24, 2008 -- Lexington, Ky., tops the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's 2008 list of "spring allergy capitals." Greensboro, N.C., takes second place, followed by Johnson City, Tenn., Augusta, Ga., and Jackson, Miss. in fifth place. The annual list is based on four factors: allergy prev

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  5. Gardening With Allergies

    Putzing in the garden is nothing less than therapy. It's even good exercise, if you exert enough effort. But the sneezing and stuffy-headed feeling that lingers afterwards -- that's the downside of gardening with allergies. Most garden-variety flowers -- believe it or not -- won't tickle your nose.

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  6. Dust Mites: Is Resistance Futile?

    April 15, 2008 -- You can fight dust mites, but you can't win. An analysis of clinical studies shows that even if you succeed in getting rid of most of the dust mites in your home, it won't prevent allergic asthma triggered by the Lilliputian pests. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD, DrMedSci, director of the N

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  7. How Pets and Allergies Can Go Hand in Paw

    Can allergic people and pets live side by side? Your new girlfriend enters your apartment, glances around, then achoo! Your husband has spent three years glaring at Fluffy-Pie, but you won't give her up. What do you do? Eleven million people are allergic to cats alone. About 15% of us are allergic t

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  8. The Facts About Food Allergies

    When I was young, I sometimes claimed an "allergy" to foods I did not like so I would not seem impolite if served one of my least favorite foods. These days, some people use the word "allergy" to describe any discomfort associated with food.

  9. Got Hay Fever? Get to Work!

    Hay fever slams us every spring: Can't breathe; can't think; can't even hear very well. Do you call in sick or drag your fuzzy-brained self to the office? Or do you simply pop an allergy pill and get on with your day? Either way, American workers have long waged a battle with hay fever. Hay fever is

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  10. The Rewards of Pampering Your Nose

    Love it or not, your nose can't be ignored. It is a small but mighty part of our being. And a little pampering -- when a cold or allergies strike -- can go far. The upside to having a nose is its faithful ability to detect wondrous aromas. Our nose serves as a sensor, helping us determine if a poten

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