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    1. FDA OKs Over-the-Counter Zyrtec

      Nov. 19, 2007 -- The FDA has approved over-the-counter sales of the allergy drug Zyrtec, according to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which sells nonprescription Zyrtec. Zyrtec is approved to relieve allergy-related sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes, as well as itching due to hives. Zyrtec's most co

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    2. Seasonal Allergy Vaccine on the Horizon

      Nov. 14, 2007 -- A new allergy treatment could lead to a once-a-year vaccination for seasonal allergies, rather than weekly allergy shots year round. The new vaccine, called Pollinex Quattro, gave patients a level of relief after four treatments given over three to four weeks that ordinarily take up

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    3. Students Inattentive to Food Allergies

      Nov. 14, 2007 -- College undergraduates have a somewhat nonchalant attitude about their food allergies that may put them at high risk for accidental exposure. A new study of college students shows that about half of those reporting a history of food allergies continue to eat foods that they are alle

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    4. Allergies Curb Kids' Daily Activities

      Nov. 12, 2007 -- Nasal allergy symptoms in children may severely affect daily activities such as sleep and schoolwork, according to two new studies. The impact of nasal allergy symptoms is well documented in adults but not in children. This is the largest U.S. study to examine severity of allergic r

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    5. Christmas Trees: Source of Indoor Mold?

      Nov. 12, 2007 -- Live Christmas trees may bring more than the fresh pine scent of the holiday season into homes, according to a new study. The study, which was presented at The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas, examined the relationship between mol

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    6. Wine Allergy? Insects May Be to Blame

      Aug. 15, 2007 -- Some allergic reactions to wine stem from insect chemicals, new research shows. In tomorrow's edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, doctors in Spain describe the cases of five patients who had allergic symptoms after drinking grape juice or newly pressed red or white wines

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    7. Pot Chemical May Curb Inflammation

      June 7, 2007 -- Marijuana's active ingredient may curb inflammation and help treat skin allergies. That news comes from researchers including Meliha Karsak, PhD, and Thomas Tuting, MD, of Germany's University of Bonn. Marijuana's key compound, THC, is a type of chemical called a cannabinoid. The bra

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    8. Pregnancy Diet May Affect Kids' Asthma

      May 21, 2007 -- By eating apples and fish during pregnancy, women may cut their child's odds of developing asthma and allergies. That's according to Scottish and Dutch researchers who studied more than 1,200 children from before birth to the time they were 5 years old. During pregnancy, the kids' mo

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    9. Hot Water Removes Allergens Best

      May 21, 2007 -- Hotter is better when it comes to killing dust mites and other allergens in your laundry. A new study shows washing laundry in hot water (140 F) kills 100% of dust mites. But turn the dial down just 36 degrees to a warm, 104 F wash and only 6.5% of dust mites are killed in the laundr

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    10. Tulsa Tops Spring Allergy City List

      April 16, 2007 -- Tulsa, Okla., is the U.S. city most challenged by spring allergies this year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The AAFA today issued its list of America's 100 spring allergy capitals. These towns are the "most challenging places to live with spring

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