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    Spring Allergies Strike Early This Year

    Spring Allergies Strike Early This Year

    Posted 4:38 PM 2/17/2012

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- Got a stuffy nose, sore throat, watery eyes, or throbbing head? In February, those symptoms are usually caused by a cold or the flu, but this year, the culprit could be allergies.

    Thanks to a mild winter, spring allergy season got started nearly (More)
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    Antibiotics Do Not Reduce Symptoms of Sinus Infection

    Antibiotics Do Not Reduce Symptoms of Sinus Infection

    Posted 9:32 PM 2/14/2012

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- Patients may want to pause before asking for antibiotics to treat a sinus infection.

    A new study involving more than 150 patients ages 18 to 70 suggests that the antibiotic amoxicillin may be no (More)
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    Are Vacuum Cleaners Bad for Your Health?

    Are Vacuum Cleaners Bad for Your Health?

    Posted 6:22 PM 1/6/2012

    Jan 6, 2012 -- You vacuum your house religiously to get rid of all the dust, dirt, and bacteria and make sure your indoor air is up to snuff.

    But new research suggests that some vacuum cleaners may actually be making things worse, not better.

    Certain vacuum cleaners spit fine dust and bacteria back into the air, where they can spread infections and trigger (More)
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    Get First Cat as Adult, Double Allergy Risk

    Get First Cat as Adult, Double Allergy Risk

    Posted 4:01 AM 12/29/2011

    Dec. 28, 2011 -- Adults who get their first cat double their risk of cat allergy -- especially if the cat is allowed in the bedroom.

    But adults who had cats as kids are less likely to become allergic to their new feline pets, a large European study finds.

    An adult's risk of developing a new cat allergy over a nine-year period "was nearly doubled in those acquiring a cat," report Mario Olivieri, MD, of the University of Verona, Italy, and colleagues. (More)
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    Daily Steroids May Not Be Needed for Wheezing

    Daily Steroids May Not Be Needed for Wheezing

    Posted 9:01 PM 11/23/2011

    Nov. 23, 2011 -- Daily inhaled steroids are currently recommended for preschoolers with frequent wheezing who have a high risk for developing persistent asthma or high risk for severe asthma, but the treatment may cause a small decrease in their growth.

    Now new research finds that less frequent treatment with higher doses of inhaled steroids works just as well to control (More)
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    Pork-Cat Syndrome an Under-Recognized Allergy

    Pork-Cat Syndrome an Under-Recognized Allergy

    Posted 6:50 PM 11/7/2011

    Nov. 7, 2011 -- Some people with cat allergies may also be allergic to pork and other meats because of a rare type of cross-reactive allergy known as pork-cat syndrome.

    A new study describes the first six cases of pork-cat syndrome documented in the U.S. The syndrome has been established in Europe since the late 1990s.

    Researchers say the basis for the syndrome appears to be a reaction to a protein of non-primate mammals. (More)
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    How Smog Can Affect Allergies and Asthma

    How Smog Can Affect Allergies and Asthma

    Posted 3:14 PM 10/26/2011

    For people with allergies and asthma, sometimes the very air they breathe can be bad for their health. That's because a variety of pollutants in our air -- collectively called smog -- can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms, leaving people with these conditions struggling to breathe.

    What is Smog?

    Smog is a type of air pollution that results from a mix of gases and particulates reacting with sunlight. The gases in smog include carbon monoxide (More)
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    FDA: Some Asthma Drugs Riskier for Kids Than Adults

    FDA: Some Asthma Drugs Riskier for Kids Than Adults

    Posted 10:41 PM 10/25/2011

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Children are more vulnerable than adults to rare but potentially life-threatening events associated with asthma drugs known as long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs), a new analysis from the FDA shows.

    The analysis is published in Pediatrics.

    Early last year, an FDA panel concluded that the single-agent LABA (More)
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    My WebMD: Coping with Asthma at College

    My WebMD: Coping with Asthma at College

    Posted 1:59 PM 10/6/2011

    I think my mother was more worried about my going to college two years ago than I was. I have had asthma since I was very young.

    It was worse when I was younger. I used to have to use an inhaler before I ran the mile in PE class. And one time I had a big role in a play, and I developed pneumonia. My asthma got really bad. I remember using my nebulizer -- a machine that creates a medicated inhalable mist -- backstage before I went on. And I hid cough drops (More)
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    FDA to Primatene Users: Get Asthma Prescription Now

    FDA to Primatene Users: Get Asthma Prescription Now

    Posted 9:17 PM 9/22/2011

    Sept. 22, 2011 -- The Primatene Mist inhaler is going away on Dec. 31, and prescription inhalers are the only alternative to the over-the-counter asthma drug.

    Don't wait to get that prescription. The FDA warns that Primatene supplies may not last until the end of the year.

    "All inhalers that might substitute require a prescription," the FDA's Andrea (More)
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