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.
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.
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, the immune system does not work as well to fight the rhinovirus, or the common cold. Read the rest of this entry »
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 tolerance to allergy triggers. Read the rest of this entry »
As flu deaths and illnesses continue to rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated information and recommendations for using antiviral medications to treat flu. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
“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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 be hospitalized than those who received epinephrine after arriving at the ER. Read the rest of this entry »
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 reactivity with latex proteins (termed Latex-Fruit Syndrome) that can induce anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Third, if you see latex balloons for parties or in banquet rooms, exit immediately. Only Mylar® balloons are safe. Read the rest of this entry »
High humidity levels promote the growth of mold and dust mites – two common allergens associated with allergy and asthma symptoms – and without careful maintenance, humidifiers can be dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »