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  1. Docs Need More Training on Adrenaline Shots

    Dec. 4, 2003 -- If you're susceptible to severe, life-threatening allergies, you may want to brush up on your treatment skills. When put to the test, some British researchers discovered that most patients and doctors don't know how or when to use injectable adrenaline shots in response to a severe,

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  2. Latex Allergy? Beware Poinsettias

    Nov. 24, 2003 -- If you have a latex allergy, be careful around poinsettia plants. These popular Christmas plants contain a compound similar to that found in rubber latex -- and can cause a severe allergic reaction. A new study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Alle

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  3. Kids With Peanut Allergy Grow Up Worried

    Nov. 20, 2003 -- Children with a peanut allergy grow up anxious about food -- and it makes childhood far less fun. A new study, looking at the quality-of-life impact of peanut allergy, appears in the current issue of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. In it, 20 children with a peanut allergy and 20 w

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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