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  1. 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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  2. '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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. '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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  9. 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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  10. 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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