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    1. English Ivy: A Fix for Allergies?

      Nov. 7, 2005 -- English ivy may help you breathe easier, especially if you have allergies, new research shows. The research shows that the plant helps clean air of allergens such as mold and animal feces. That could make English ivy an inexpensive alternative to commercial air-cleaning devices, rese

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    2. Officials Issue New Orleans Mold Warning

      Sept. 28, 2005 -- Federal health officials warned Wednesday of the potential health risks of mold in areas flooded by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Officials also alerted evacuees returning home to be on the lookout for mold cleanup scams. Persistent and potentially dangerous mold is a problem mostly

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    3. Study: Bleach Cuts Allergy Triggers in Mold

      Sept. 22, 2005 -- Diluted bleach can kill a common household mold and cut its allergy triggers, a new study shows. "It has long been known that bleach can kill mold. However, dead mold may remain allergenic," says researcher John Martyny, PhD, in a news release. "We found that, under laboratory cond

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    4. Butterbur May Be Effective Hay Fever Remedy

      Aug. 22, 2005 -- An herbal product derived from the leaves of the butterbur plant was found to be as effective for treating hay fever as a widely used antihistamine. But concerns remain about the safety of unregulated products containing the plant extract sold in the United States. The Swiss study w

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    5. Most Americans Allergic to 1 or More Triggers

      Aug. 5, 2005 - A growing number of Americans are allergic to at least one or more common allergy-causing substances, like dust mites, rye grass, and ragweed. A nationwide health survey shows that 54% of Americans aged 6 to 59 had a positive skin allergy test to at least one of 10 common allergy trig

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    6. Allergy Relief: Astelin Edges Zyrtec

      May 19, 2005 -- Hay fever sufferers may get better relief from a nasal antihistamine than from an oral antihistamine, a clinical trial shows. Astelin is a twice-a-day nasal spray. Zyrtec is a once-a-day pill. Both significantly relieved the runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, and nasal congestion of s

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    7. Using Nasal Sprays Only When Needed Can Ease Allergy Symptoms

      April 25, 2000 --Doctors now recommend daily use of steroid nasal sprays for many patients whose seasonal allergies cause sniffling, sneezing, and stuffiness. But a new study shows that simply using the sprays when they're needed can relieve nasal congestion. Allergic rhinitis affects 20 to 40 milli

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    8. Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

      April 22, 2005 -- As spring blossoms, so do allergies, especially in Southeastern cities. This year, spring allergies have been worst in Lexington, Ky., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's annual ranking. Here is the AAFA's list of the 10 worst U.S. cities for spring allergie

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    9. Allergies Are on the Rise

      April 15, 2005 -- April truly is the cruelest month for allergy sufferers, bringing nasal-assaulting tree pollen along with all those lovely spring flowers. If you live in a current pollen hot spot like Atlanta; Austin, Texas; or Hartford, Conn., it may seem like more people than ever are sniffling,

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    10. New Treatment May Scratch Out Cat Allergies

      March 28, 2005 - A new therapy may one day allow humans to lick their cat allergies and perhaps even take a bite out of food allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers tested a novel protein in mice bred to be allergic to cats and in human cells made to react to cat allergens. They found the thera

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