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  1. Antibiotics Overused for Sinusitis

    March 19, 2007 -- Antibiotics are still being widely overprescribed for sinusitis, though the  majority of these illnesses are caused by viruses, new research shows. Studies suggest that only about 3% to 5% of acute sinus infections are bacterial in nature, meaning that they respond to antibiotic tr

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  2. Progress Against Peanut Allergies

    Small doses of peanut protein, given for months under medical supervision, can desensitize children with peanut allergy, reducing the risk of a reaction if they accidentally eat peanuts, according to a new study. In other new research, scientists say they have found a way to predict which children a

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  3. Pets May Protect Children From Allergies

    Fluffy and Fido may look innocent, but they are at the heart of a controversy among allergy specialists on the influence pets have on a child's risk of developing allergies. A growing body of evidence suggests that pets in the home may actually have a protective effect against developing pet allergi

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  4. Dogs May Protect Kids From Allergies

    Dec. 5, 2006 -- Infants who live in a house with multiple dogs may be less likely to develop allergies later in life, according to a new study. Researchers found that infants who live in a home with two or more dogs and a high level of certain types of a bacterial substance were a third less likely

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  5. Treating Allergies With Allergic Food

    Nov. 28, 2006 -- Children with food allergies are told to avoid problem foods at all costs, but a novel experimental treatment is taking the opposite approach. In a two-year pilot study conducted by researchers at Duke University and the University of Arkansas, eggs were very gradually introduced in

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  6. Scratching Out Poison Ivy Allergy

    Nov. 14, 2006 -- Plagued by poison ivy allergy? It might be possible to coax the body to build up immunity to poison ivy. That news comes from researchers including Mary Morris, MD, of Allergy Associates of La Crosse in La Crosse, Wis. They studied 115 people with a history of severe skin reactions

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  7. Christmas Trees May Be Allergy Trigger

    Nov. 13, 2006 - There may be a reason for your Christmas-season sneezing: your Christmas tree. Christmas trees can trigger itchy noses, scratchy eyes, and sneezing, say allergist Michael Alexander, MD, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and colleagues. Alexander's team asked 12 allergy sufferers to track th

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  8. Frequent Sex Helps Cure Semen Allergy

    Nov. 13, 2006 - Women allergic to their partner's semen can be cured by treatments requiring frequent sex, a New York allergist says. But don't try it without a doctor's help. Without proper desensitization, sex can be deadly for some women allergic to semen. Yes, some women really are allergic to s

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  9. Allergy Vaccine: 6-Shot Cure?

    Oct. 4, 2006 -- Allergy sufferers got at least two ragweed seasons of relief after only six weekly shots of an experimental vaccine. The finding comes from a small clinical trial conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The trial tested a new kind of allergy vaccine in 25 people with ragweed allergy -

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  10. Sleep Disorders Linked to Allergies

    Sept. 19, 2006 -- Hay fever may make it harder to get a good night's sleep. A new study shows people with allergic rhinitis from hay fever and other types of allergies allergies have more difficulty sleeping and are more than twice as likely to suffer from sleep disorders sleep disorders such as ins

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