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  1. Pets May Prevent Allergies in Kids

    Oct. 14, 2003 -- Despite the long-held belief that cats and dogs in the home could lead to childhood allergies, there's mounting evidence that the opposite may be true: Having pets may actually reduce risk while avoiding these critters doesn't. In the latest study, allergist Thomas Platts-Mills, MD,

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  2. Top 50 Fall Allergy Cities Named

    Sept. 3, 2003 -- Drum roll please ... the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its list of the country's top 50 fall allergy cities. In parts of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Michigan -- and numerous other cities across the country -- fall is actually the worst s

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  3. Studies: New Asthma Drug Safe, Effective

    Sept. 3, 2003 - Xolair, a first-of-its-kind treatment for asthma, is both safe and effective for long-term use in both adults and children, a study shows. And new research also shows it might treat year-round nasal allergies. In one study, 245 adults and teens treated with monthly or twice monthly i

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  4. Mold May Lead to Croup in Infants

    July 17, 2003 -- Babies growing up in damp homes where mold and mildew are present develop more respiratory illnesses such as croup, pneumonia, and bronchitis. The finding appears in the July issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Damp living conditions have long be

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  5. Allergy-Proof Bedding Not Enough

    July 16, 2003 -- Allergy-proof bedding is often recommended to help prevent the year-round misery suffered by people allergic to dust mites. But this bedding itself it doesn't do much to relieve asthma or allergy symptoms. Bedding is a haven for dust mites, thousands of which can feed, breed, and li

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  6. New Treatments Ease Peanut Allergy

    July 10, 2003 -- A promising experimental peanut allergy vaccine may soon provide lasting protection against potentially life-threatening reactions. Though that day may still be years away, new research also shows that a common household item might provide immediate help in warding off or even preve

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  7. Kefir Helps Lactose Intolerance

    May 30, 2003 -- For people with lactose intolerance, a yogurt-like drink called kefir could put dairy in their diet again. Lactose intolerance is a very common digestive problem caused by too little of an enzyme called lactase, which the body needs to digest lactose -- milk sugar. Gas, bloating, and

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  8. New Drug May Prevent the Common Cold

    May 1, 2003 -- An experimental drug may one day become the first drug to both prevent and treat the common cold. New research shows a daily dose of the drug pleconaril reduced colds by as much as 50% in healthy adults over a six-week period. The study, presented today at the 16th International Confe

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  9. New Antihistamines: Not So Nonsedating?

    April 25, 2003 -- Timely research for the start of hay fever season: Despite their higher cost, the newer, so-called "second generation" of more expensive "nonsedating" prescription antihistamines may be no more effective at preventing fatigue and memory lapses than older over-the-counter formulas s

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  10. New Insights into Allergy Relief

    March 26, 2003 -- Pollen, dust mites, dog allergies, cat allergies -- they plague millions of people. While billions of dollars are spent on allergy medications, a new study shows much can be done to improve symptoms in allergy suffers. Direct medical costs for common allergies can range from $1.2 t

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