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Caution Urged Following Landmark Peanut Allergy Study

Consuming peanuts during infancy could help prevent peanut allergy, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, but some allergists are urging caution on changing food allergy therapies based on the research. Following the release of the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma […]

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Something In the Air

How Climate Change and Air Pollution  Impact Allergies and Asthma Walk outside. What do you breathe? You hope for clean air, free of harmful allergens and irritants, but climate change and air pollution are making that less likely. For the 1 in 7 Americans with respiratory conditions, the implications are troubling.

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Study: Common Cold Linked to Cold Weather

With most of the United States in the throes of wintry weather, a study emerged from Yale University that suggests people are more likely to catch a cold in chilly or frigid conditions. Examining cells taken from the nasal cavities of mice, researchers found that when the body temperature inside the nose drops five degrees, […]

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Ask the Allergist: SLIT Decisions On Allergy Tablets

“I am considering undergoing sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), or allergy tablets, to help treat my seasonal allergies. What are advantages and disadvantages of the tablets?” Under-the-tongue allergy tablets are a new FDA-approved therapy for patients who experience allergy symptoms to grass pollen or ragweed. Just like allergy shots, the goal of SLIT is to boost the patient’s […]

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Got the Flu? Here’s CDC’s New Verdict On Antivirals

Widespread flu is reported across the United States, and the most common virus showing up is one that has been associated with more serious complications for older people and young children. As flu deaths and illnesses continue to rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated information and recommendations for using […]

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E-Cigarettes Linked to Respiratory Infections

More evidence is emerging that using electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) may be harmful to your health. A recently published National Jewish Health study reports that the liquid used in e-cigarettes has been linked to an increased risk of respiratory viral infections. 

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Does Yoga Benefit Asthma?

Sierra Petersen sits upright, legs folded beneath her, arms outstretched as if welcoming air. Eyes closed, mind clear, she takes in a slow, deep breath through her nose. “Hhhhhaaaaa,” she exhales a few seconds later. This is Petersen’s favorite time of the day, when she can sit on the floor, any floor, and breathe easy.

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Why Early Epinephrine Is Critical

When treating anaphylaxis, seconds matter. Don’t delay using an epinephrine auto-injector. That’s the message of a recently published study of children treated for food-related anaphylaxis at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. The 6-year study revealed that the children who received epinephrine prior to going to the emergency room (ER) were less likely to […]

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How to Navigate Restaurants With Latex Allergy

Dining out is meant to be festive and relaxing, not a burden or a time where worry zaps your energy trying to stay safe. For individuals with latex allergy, the challenge at restaurants is threefold. First, kitchen staff may use latex products such as gloves while preparing food. Second, a variety of foods have cross […]

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Relative Humidity – Finding a Balance

Dry air makes fighting a cold or sinus infection harder. When your throat itches and your eyes feel raw, would adding moisture to the air with a humidifier help? High humidity levels promote the growth of mold and dust mites – two common allergens associated with allergy and asthma symptoms – and without careful maintenance, […]