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Gut Bacteria That Protect Against Food Allergies Identified

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. The discovery points toward probiotic therapies for this so-far untreatable condition

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Midwest Crippled by Flooding and Dangerous Levels of Mold in the Air

The heavy rains, hot temperatures and high dew point have triggered an air quality alert for dangerous levels of mold in the Midwest. “The interior mold exposure for homes experiencing flooding or water seepage will be even more toxic,” warns Joseph Leija, MD, allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official daily allergy count for the Midwest.

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New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

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A popular legume used in other countries is showing up in more U.S. gluten-free products. A Kansas State University food safety specialist explains why people with peanut and soybean allergies need to be cautious.

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Second Consecutive Dangerous Air Quality Alert Called for Extremely High Mold Count

A dangerous air quality alert was called today for the second day in a row due to the extremely high count for mold detected in the Gottlieb Allergy Count. “Today’s mold count is over the 50,000 threshold for an air quality alert but not as high as yesterday’s 80,000 count,” says Joseph Leija, MD, who created the Gottlieb Allergy Count at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, located outside Chicago. The Gottlieb Allergy Count is the official allergy count for the Midwest.

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Second Dangerously High Air Quality Mold Alert Called for the 2014 Allergy Reporting Season

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Midwesterners with allergies will be feeling low due to the unusually high allergen counts. A dangerous air quality alert was called today due to the extremely high count for mold detected in the Gottlieb Allergy Count.

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Food Allergies More Widespread Among Inner-City Children

Already known for their higher-than-usual risk of asthma and environmental allergies, young inner-city children appear to suffer disproportionately from food allergies as well, according to results of a study led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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Food Allergies More Widespread Among Inner-City Children

Already known for their higher-than-usual risk of asthma and environmental allergies, young inner-city children appear to suffer disproportionately from food allergies as well, according to results of a study led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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Extremely High Mold Count Triggers Dangerous Air Quality Alert

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A dangerous air quality alert was called today due to the extremely high count for mold detected in the Gottlieb Allergy Count. “Today’s mold count is the highest for the 2014 recording season,” said Joseph Leija, MD, who created the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest. The Gottlieb Allergy Count today is: trees - low, mold - very high (dangerous air alert status), grass - moderate and weeds - moderate. “The mold count was 53,000 today, well over the 50,000 threshold that triggers a high alert warning,” Dr. Leija said. How will this affect allergy sufferers?

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Offers 10 Back-to-School Tips for 2014-15 School Year

Sharpened pencils: check; notebooks and paper: check; school schedule: check. As a parent, this check list may seem familiar to you. It is a clear indication that back-to-school season is here and that means preparing your child for the school year as best as you can. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is helping you and your child finalize the list by providing top 10 expert tips on keeping your child healthy and safe all year round.

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