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  1. Plagued by Pollen

    Warmer weather may feel good after a long, cold winter, but spring can be rough on the nose and eyes. That's because hay fever, a seasonal allergy to pollen, kicks in just as the sunnier days arrive. Never been near a bale of hay, you say? You may still have hay fever, caused by the pollen from a va

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  2. 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.

  3. Fight Ragweed Allergies Without Shots

    March 19, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Shots may be fun when you're at your local bar, but for too many allergy sufferers, they're a pesky, even painful, part of ragweed season. Now, researchers report early success testing an under-the-tongue alternative to injections in people with ragweed allergies. In

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  4. Iraq War Veterans Face Allergy Risks

    March 19, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- U.S. soldiers who serve in Iraq may be at increased risk of developing allergies, a new study suggests. A review of the medical records of more than 6,000 soldiers shows that those who were deployed to the Persian Gulf were about twice as likely to have newly diagnos

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  5. Flu Vaccine Safe for Egg-Allergic Kids

    March 19, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- The flu vaccine can safely be given to kids who have an egg allergy, two new studies suggest. Because the flu vaccine contains egg protein, the CDC doesn't recommend it for people with severe allergies to chicken eggs. And most doctors are reluctant to give flu shots

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  6. New Ways to Fight Nut, Milk Allergies

    March 18, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Peanut allergies among kids are on the rise, a new study shows, but several novel strategies show promise for stemming -- even reversing -- the tide. Researchers studying mice found that by eating peanuts while pregnant and breastfeeding, new moms may lower the risk

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  7. 'Tongue Drops' Cut Bee Sting Allergy

    March 18, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Taking allergy drops instead of enduring painful shots may someday become an option for people who are allergic to honeybee stings. In a preliminary study, Italian researchers found that putting honeybee venom under the tongue was safe and significantly reduced react

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  8. Kids’ Food Allergies Damper Dining Out

    March 17, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Even though most parents alert restaurant staff if their children have food allergies, a sizable number of the kids still suffer allergic reactions when dining out, a new survey shows. Adding insult to injury, a second study suggests that children who suffer peanut a

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  9. Kids' Allergies: Schoolwork Can Suffer

    March 17, 2008 (Philadelphia) -- Kids' allergies are nothing to sneeze at. A first-of-its-kind national survey shows that when kids suffer nasal allergy symptoms, everything from their sleep to their schoolwork suffers as well. In the study of more than 1,000 families, parents of kids with allergies

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  10. How to Survive Spring Allergy Season

    Spring is in the air. Literally. From weeds to spores to grass and tree pollens, the warm weather is almost here, driving airborne allergen levels through the roof. That means your allergy symptoms -- the sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes -- are in overdrive and apt to stay that way for months. Wh

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