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    Cell Phone Shopping? You May Be Allergic to Some

    Cell Phone Shopping? You May Be Allergic to Some

    Posted 4:02 AM 11/9/2012

    Nov. 9, 2012 -- If you're allergic to the metals nickel or cobalt, you may want to consider that when you pick a mobile phone.

    In a new study, researchers tested new and used mobile phones for nickel and cobalt. Some people are allergic to those metals. The allergies can cause skin redness, swelling, (More)
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    Global Warming May Double Pollen by 2040

    Global Warming May Double Pollen by 2040

    Posted 4:02 AM 11/9/2012

    Nov. 9, 2012 -- If you're allergic to pollen, brace yourself.

    "By the year 2040, we will get about 1.5 to two times the amount of pollen that we have now," says Leonard Bielory, MD. Bielory is professor of environmental prediction at Rutgers University and attending physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New (More)
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    The 10 Worst Places for Fall Allergies in 2012

    The 10 Worst Places for Fall Allergies in 2012

    Posted 8:06 PM 10/5/2012

    Oct. 5, 2012 -- Some natives of Louisville, Ky., needn't be surprised if they're sneezing while reading this article. Their city tops the list this year as the worst place to live in the U.S. for fall allergies.

    To earn the No. 1 spot, Louisville received a "worse than average" rating for its (More)
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    Sinus Infections Linked to Nasal Washing

    Sinus Infections Linked to Nasal Washing

    Posted 7:15 PM 9/12/2012

    Sept. 12, 2011 -- First came the FDA warnings about neti pots and brain-eating amoebas. Now doctors say neti pots and other gadgets that rinse the nasal passages could be behind a growing number of chronic sinus infections tied to tough-to-treat mycobacteria.

    Many people swear by neti pots, which look a bit like space-age teapots. They're an ancient and (More)
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    Mild Asthma Patients May Do OK With Less Steroids

    Mild Asthma Patients May Do OK With Less Steroids

    Posted 9:12 PM 9/11/2012

    Sept. 11, 2012 -- People with mild to moderate asthma might fare just as well inhaling steroid medications only when they have symptoms instead of twice every day as recommended, researchers report.

    Basing treatment on symptoms could reduce the amount of drug used, minimize the risk of side effects, and may save billions of dollars in health care costs every year (More)
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    Asthma Drug Shown to Stunt Growth

    Asthma Drug Shown to Stunt Growth

    Posted 3:00 PM 9/4/2012

    Sept. 4, 2012 -- Children with asthma who take inhaled steroids end up slightly shorter than their peers when they grow up, a government-funded study shows.

    Inhaled steroids are known to slow growth in children during the first years of use, but the long-term impact of inhaled steroids on height was unknown until now.

    One researcher says the risk for lower growth may (More)
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    Generic Singulair Approved

    Generic Singulair Approved

    Posted 9:28 PM 8/3/2012

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- The FDA today gave 10 generic drugmakers approval to start making generic versions of Singulair (montelukast sodium), the popular asthma and allergy drug.

    Singulair, usually taken in the form of tablets, has been (More)
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    Asthma an Often Unrecognized Risk for Older People

    Asthma an Often Unrecognized Risk for Older People

    Posted 5:25 PM 5/4/2012

    May 4, 2012 -- Asthma is not just dangerous for kids.

    People over 65 also have asthma and often face an uphill health battle as a result, a new study suggests. Once hospitalized, these individuals are 14 times more likely to die from asthma than younger adults. What's more, asthma increases their risk for impaired lung function and a worse quality of life.

    Part of the reason for the poor outcomes is that asthma is often misdiagnosed and undertreated (More)
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    The Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma

    The Worst Cities in the U.S. for Asthma

    Posted 6:20 PM 5/1/2012

    May 1, 2012 -- Memphis residents may have a new reason to sing the blues, if they can catch their breath.

    A new report ranks the southern city as the most challenging city in the U.S. to live with asthma, followed closely by New Haven, Conn., and Knoxville, Tenn.

    The 2012 list of "Asthma Capitals" takes into account factors like prevalence of asthma, poor air (More)
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    Worst Cities for Spring Allergies in 2012

    Worst Cities for Spring Allergies in 2012

    Posted 11:06 PM 3/20/2012

    March 20, 2012 -- The third time is said to be the charm. But it's doubtful the allergy sufferers in Knoxville find it charming that for a third consecutive year their East Tennessee city has earned the No. 1 spot on the list of the worst places to live with spring allergies.

    Knoxville natives have had plenty to sneeze at each spring. In 2009, Tennessee's third largest city placed second in this annual ranking of the 100 "most challenging places to live in (More)
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