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Study Suggests Kids with Food-Triggered Eczema Are at Risk for Developing Life-Threatening Food Allergy

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Elimination of the food that triggers atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is associated with increased risk of developing immediate reactions to that food, according to the results of a large-scale study recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Immediate reactions to the culprit food range from hives to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

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Making Injectable Medicine Safer

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Bring the drugs, hold the suds. That summarizes a promising new drug-making technique designed to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects from anti-cancer medicine, testosterone and other drugs administered with a needle.

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Early Introduction of Allergenic Foods Reduces Risk of Food Sensitization

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Children who had a diet that included cow’s milk products, egg and peanut before age one were less likely to develop sensitization to the corresponding foods, according to new research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. Early introduction of eggs appeared to be especially beneficial, as it decreased the risk of sensitization to any of the three tested foods.

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Clearing the Air for African Americans, Sufferers with More Asthma Deaths

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In Houston, African-American adults comprise 19 percent of the population, but account for about 34 percent of hospital admissions and are roughly three times more likely to die from asthma. For this reason, Harris Health System and Baylor College of Medicine are conducting a $2.3 million study to help asthmatics control and manage their condition.

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Top Stories 5-16-2016

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Scientists Identify Potential Marker of EoE Disease Activity

Researchers have identified a potential marker of disease activity for a severe and often painful food allergic disease called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) – possibly sparing children with EoE the discomfort and risk of endoscopic procedures to assess whether their disease is active. Their study is published May 16 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers at the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders (CCED) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center led the study.

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UC San Diego to Participate in White House’s National Microbiome Initiative

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On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a new National Microbiome Initiative, a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. OSTP is launching the initiative with a combined federal agency investment of more than $121 million. The University of California San Diego is a key participant in this effort, investing $12 million in its own microbiome research efforts.

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Top Stories 5-13-2016

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Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

Depressed Moms Not ‘in Sync’ with Their Kids, Children with ADHD Sleep Both Poorly and Less, Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness, and more in the Mental Health News Source

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Top Stories 5-11-2016

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You Could Mistakenly Believe You’re Allergic to This Common Antibiotic

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According to a Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine allergist, most people who believe they're allergic to this common antibiotic may not be allergic at all. In fact, 10 years after a mild reaction to the drug, up to 90 percent of people will have outgrown a penicillin allergy.

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Allergists: The Doctors You Didn’t Know Could Help You with Your Asthma

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Many people with asthma don’t know allergists are specialist in asthma care – and are trained to get asthma symptoms under control.

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When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine; Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed; Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies, and More in the Allergies Channel

When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine; Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed; Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies, and More in the Allergies Channel

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Teens with Allergies and Asthma: Start Prepping Now for Move to College

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Being in a new location with new risky behaviors can negatively impact your health and increase your risk for ingesting food allergens and exposure to allergy and asthma triggers. A new article offers practical tips on how to successfully make the transition.

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Expert: When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine

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Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus, Worm Infection Counters Inflammatory Bowel Disease and more in the Infectious Diseases News Source

Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus, Worm Infection Counters Inflammatory Bowel Disease and more in the Infectious Diseases News Source

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Food Allergies of Low-Income Kids Are Poorly Managed

Low-income families of children with food allergies spend 2.5 times more on emergency department and hospitalization costs nationally, according to new research. The dependence on emergency care means children with food allergies from low-income families may not be able to afford foods free of their food allergen, obtain epinephrine or see an allergist who would counsel them on prevention and management of their food allergies.

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Flowers Not to Blame for Allergies