Study Analyzes Antihistamines, Weight Gain

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A recent study shows that there may be some connection between antihistamine use and weight gain. In an article on, the study is explored:

Because of their chemical similarity to certain psychiatric drugs that have been associated with weight gain, researchers wanted to look at antihistamines.
A Yale study looked at nearly 900 adults. Those taking the prescription antihistamines Zyrtec or Allegra were more likely to be overweight or obese than non-users – 45 percent versus 30 percent.
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A Nut Allergy Skeptic (TIME article)

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After reading an article in Time, I’d love to share it. The article, A Nut Allergy Skeptic Learns the Hard Way, is written by Joel Stein, who admits he writes “obnoxiously self-righteous proclamations.” This piece is about the epidemic of nut allergies and his personal experience and beliefs. He was a non believer, saying it was a way for parents to feel special. Then, lo and behold, his child turns up with a nut allergy. Continue reading…

Possible Cure for Peanut Allergy

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I’ve heard of this before with sublingual drops, now doctors from Cambridge University are testing a technique that may functionally cure people who suffer from peanut allergies. The pilot study done by Andrew Clark and his colleagues has been successful in showing their technique may have strong possibilities of success. Continue reading…

More Allergy Medicine Recalled

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In addition to the medicine recalled earlier this year, including children’s Zyrtec and children’s Benadryl, McNeil Consumer Healthcare just announced that they have also recalled Benadryl Allergy Ultratab Tablets and Extra Strenght Tylenol Rapid Relase Gels. Continue reading…

Farm Living Cuts Allergy Rate, New Study Finds

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I just came across a study done in Sweden that shows an agricultural upbringing has anti allergy effects. Just a few years of farm living can have lifetime results in reducing allergy risks. Continue reading…

Companion Dog Causing Allergies While Helping Fight Them

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There’s a hot story in the news right now concerning a service dog and allergies. An Indianapolis woman, Emily Kysel, has a severe allergy to paprika. This allergy is so severe that if the spice is in the air around her, she can have a life threatening reaction. She has been to the emergency room five times and has had to use her injection pen on numerous occasions over the years. Continue reading…

Medicine Recall

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Many parents are cleaning out their medicine cabinets due to the voluntary recall of certain over the counter infant and children liquid medicines manufactured by McNeil Laboratories. Unfortunately, many of these are the ones we all use for allergies, some on a daily basis, like Benadryl and Zyrtec (Tylenol and Motrin are also in the recall). A friend of mine had to throw out ten bottles of medicine! Continue reading…

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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As May is peak season for allergies and asthma, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America deems this month National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It makes it a great time to spread awareness and education about these two conditions. Continue reading…

Sun Sneezing

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We’ve had some gloomy days this winter. I probably need to dig my sunglasses out from under something. Today was the first bright day in sometime and as I was driving my kids to school, I said, “It’s so bright, it’s making my nose itch.” They laughed a little and then my little one said her friend at school always sneezes when she looks at the sun. Well, so do I. I remember coming out of the school where I used to teach and every day, I would sneeze twice on the way to my car. this is an actual condition, and though I’m not sure if it’s truly an allergy, I think it falls into the category, because the sneezing is a reaction to the bright light and sun. Continue reading…

Allergies For Olympic Athletes?

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I, personally, am very excited about the upcoming winter Olympics in Vancouver this February. One thing I hadn’t thought of though, until I read this article, is the allergens the Olympians will face.

According to the article, the Olympics will take place during the peak of this area’s tree pollen season, which could cause problems for both visitors and athletes. January has been mild there and reports say that the Alder trees are already emitting their pollen. Continue reading…

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