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  1. How Renting Instead of Owning Can Hurt Your Asthma

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- The real estate crash may be having a surprising effect on the health of some Americans with asthma. A survey of people with allergic asthma found that renters are less likely than homeowners to make changes to minimize exposures to the allergens that trigger their breathing problems

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  2. '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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  3. 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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  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. Does Honey Help Prevent Allergies?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics, including some of the most cherished medical myths out there. For our March/April 2012 issue, we talked to Michael Palumbo, MD, an allergist with Allergy & Clinical Immunology Associates i

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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