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  1. Food Allergy in Kids Up 18%

    Oct. 22, 2008 - Child food allergies are up 18% over the last decade, the CDC reports. Four out of every 100 U.S. kids under age 18 now suffer food allergies, which doubles their risk of asthma and triples their risk of skin or respiratory allergies. "It is a significant trend -- food allergies do a

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  2. Bug Bombs Can Also Harm Humans

    Oct. 16, 2008 -- Total release foggers (TRF) -- more commonly known as "bug bombs" -- are designed to kill bugs and pests, but they can also harm humans. A new report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows there were 466 TRF-related injuries or illnesses in the eight states tha

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  3. What Bugs Mosquitoes? Smelling DEET

    Aug. 22, 2008 -- So you spray bug repellent on your body and hope for the best. But do you know what really keeps mosquitoes from sipping on your blood? A new study shows that mosquitoes actually posses a sense of smell located on their antennae. "We found that mosquitoes can smell DEET and they sta

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  4. Global Warming May Up Allergies, Asthma

    Aug. 5, 2008 -- Global warming poses a threat to asthma and allergy patients, according to a new research review. The review, published in September's edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, makes these predictions: Worse allergy seasons. A hotter climate means earlier blooms in s

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  5. Fragrances May Emit Potential Toxins

    July 25, 2008 -- Fragranced laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals, including some regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal law, according to a new study. Yet none of the potentially toxic chemicals is listed on the product labels, according to researcher Anne C.

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  6. Build Tolerance to Beat Egg Allergy?

    July 16, 2008 -- One way to help young children overcome egg allergies is to speed up their tolerance by slowly giving them tiny amounts of egg, a new small study shows. It may seem counterintuitive or downright dangerous to give a child something they are allergic to, so please don't try to recreat

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  7. 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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  8. '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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  9. 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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  10. 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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