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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Teen-Parent Views of Food Allergy Differ

    March 12, 2003 (Denver) -- Teens with food allergies may be reluctant to use their allergy medications and are strongly influenced by social pressures, which could put them at increased risk of a fatal allergic reaction, a new study suggests. The study also suggests that a "communication gap" may ex

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  7. 6-Week Allergy Shots Give Lasting Relief

    March 12, 2003 (Denver) -- Last year, researchers showed that just six weeks of allergy shots significantly reduce allergy symptoms. Now one year later, these hay fever sufferers are still enjoying the lasting effects. Significant relief from just six weeks of shots would be a dramatic difference fr

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  8. Gas Stoves Linked to Allergy in Newborns

    March 11, 2003 (Denver) -- Newborns who live in houses in which gas stoves are used or are located near busy roads may be at increased risk of developing dust mite allergies, new research suggests. Rob T. van Strien, PhD, of Yale University, and colleagues investigated the link between exposures to

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  9. Peanut Allergy May Be Preventable

    March 10, 2003 -- Two new findings push the parameters of peanut allergy protection. One is a new drug. The other may keep kids from getting food allergies in the first place. The exciting findings come from presentations at this week's annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and

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  10. Many Parents Don't Know Cold Facts

    Feb. 3, 2003 -- Lots of parents don't know much about their kids' colds. That leads to a lot of bad decisions, according to a survey from Children's Hospital, Boston. There's not much a doctor can do for a cold. That's because viruses cause colds. Treatment with antibiotics won't help -- antibiotics

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