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  • Worms to help combat allergies

    09/05/2005 2:12:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 237+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/5/05 | Jonathan Amos
    Irish scientists are investigating parasitic worms to try to find new ways to prevent asthma and reduce allergies.Dr Padraic Fallon, from Trinity College Dublin, and colleagues have already managed to cure asthma in lab mice by infecting them with the tiny creatures. The team now has to explain how the parasites achieve this feat at a molecular level. If they can do that, they should then be able to synthesise a new drug compound to treat asthma in people. On the riseAsthma and other allergies have increased almost threefold over the last 30 years in many developed countries, including...
  • Do smokers have any rights?

    02/15/2005 8:24:48 AM PST · by SheLion · 271 replies · 3,681+ views
    eco-logic Powerhouse.com ^ | February 15, 2005 | Alan Caruba
    Do people who enjoy smoking have any rights? Increasingly, the answer is no. It is essential to keep in mind that smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes is an entirely personal choice. No one is required to smoke. Millions voluntarily stop smoking every year. People have been smoking, and enjoying tobacco products for a very long time, but now they have been demonized and ostracized. Using the power of government, to tax, smokers are being ripped off at every level. Recently, New York City sent letters to 2,300 residents giving them thirty days to pay the taxes on the cartons of...
  • 'I'm one of the most allergic people in the country'

    06/29/2005 12:47:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 733+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday June 28, 2005 | Helen Pidd
    At the age of 13, Liz Newman developed a catastrophic range of life-threatening allergies. She talks to Helen PiddThree years ago, Liz Newman was in a pub in Glasgow, having a drink with friends. All was going well, until a woman nearby opened a packet of dry roasted peanuts. Though the stranger was so far away that you wouldn't be able to conduct a conversation with her at normal volume, tiny nutty particles managed to make their way across the room and down Newman's gullet. Within minutes she was unconscious on the floor. She was having an anaphylactic shock, a...
  • "Condoms cause life-threatening anaphylaxis"

    05/14/2005 3:22:56 PM PDT · by David Lane · 43 replies · 1,757+ views
    LatexNatural rubber latex (NRL) has emerged over the last decade as an increasingly common trigger for anaphylaxis-producing allergies. It is found in a wide range of manufactured goods, including an estimated 40,000 common household items. Latex allergies now affect an estimated 1% to 6% of the U.S. population and the reasons for the increase in incidence can be attributed to biohazard precautions and manufacturing changes.1-3Latex allergy is an allergic sensitivity to the proteins in NRL that often worsens with each exposure, a phenomenon known as allergic sensitization. Allergic reactions to latex can range from moderate skin irritations to life-threatening anaphylaxis.You...
  • Allergy Alert:Need Freeper Advice On Seasonal Allergies (Dyin Over Here)

    05/06/2005 9:17:12 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 205 replies · 5,920+ views
    My Nose,My Throat | 5-7-05 | my favorite headache
    I never thought I would be doing a vanity on this but here it goes. I am interested in knowing how people cope with Spring allergies. I have never had them until this year apparently. I have had a sore throat now going into day 18,I have seen the doctor twice where once gave me Ketex and decongestion meds and those did nothing,so they ruled out the common cold or flu or any bacterial infection. My throat is still red,I still am congested,I have regular acid reflux (gerd) to be exact so when I sleep at night all of the...
  • New US government website attacked for comments on sexuality and effectiveness of condoms

    04/11/2005 2:32:32 AM PDT · by David Lane · 11 replies · 858+ views
    4parents.gov ^ | David Lane
    New US government website attacked for comments on sexuality and effectiveness of condoms (Extract from one of the many articles in the gay and liberal press attacking the new semi honest position on useless condoms) The wording of information about condoms on the site is also potentially misleading (they mean factual). US abstinence education programmes usually only mention condoms when referring to their potential for failure. The 4parents.com site suggests that condoms offer only “moderate” protection against HIV and gonorrhoea, “less” protection against Chlamidya, herpes and human papilloma virus, and that the ability of condoms to protect against syphilis “has...
  • A Therapy for Cat Allergies, Thanks to Mice

    04/05/2005 12:12:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 398+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2005 | LAURA TANGLEY
    If you're a mouse, an attack of the sniffles when you scamper by a bit of cat hair may be a good thing - an early warning system allowing a quick getaway from the predator lurking under the bed. In the natural world, of course, mice rarely, if ever, suffer from cat allergies. But laboratory mice specially bred to be allergic to cats have been cured by researchers who have developed a novel approach to allergy treatment. The results may lead to better therapy for millions of people who are allergic to cats - including 14 percent of children from...
  • New Compound May Prevent (Cat) Allergies, Study Finds

    03/27/2005 8:43:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,157+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/05 | Reuters Health
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new chemical compound, part-cat and part-human, may provide an end to misery-making cat allergies, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday. And they said their approach in creating the compound may work against more dangerous allergies, such as deadly peanut allergies. The compound, tested in mice bred to be allergic to cats, virtually shut down the histamine reaction that causes the uncomfortable symptoms of cat allergies such as runny eyes, sneezing and itching, Dr. Andrew Saxon of the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine and colleagues reported. Writing in the April issue of Nature Medicine, they...
  • Schools ban lunch swapping: Lunch trades outlawed to protect kids with allergies

    02/17/2005 8:36:23 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 59 replies · 1,454+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 17 February 2005 | Kim Vo
    Lunch trades outlawed to protect kids with allergies ORMONDALE SCHOOL JOINS THOSE THAT HAVE APPLIED TIGHTER RULES By Kim Vo Mercury News In the underground economy of school lunches, third-grader Siobhan Rickert explained, the demands are straightforward: ``If you give me this cookie, I'll give you this pretzel.'' But no more. This month, Ormondale School in Portola Valley began cracking down on lunch swaps. No more trading mom's turkey sandwich for a peanut butter and jelly -- or exchanging chocolate chip cookies for, well, just about anything you want. Ormondale joins a smattering of Bay Area schools that have banned...
  • Warm Weather Causing Allergies (Winter in the south maybe officially OVER! WHOO HOO!)

    01/06/2005 8:04:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 690+ views
    WXIA-TV ^ | 1/06/04
    Warm Weather Causing Allergies Provided by: The Associated Press Last Modified: 1/6/2005 4:52:05 PM ATLANTA (AP) -- The recent unusual warm spell in the South has brought people out in shorts and tee-shirts in January. It’s also brought about another warm-weather phenomenon -— allergies. Atlanta doctors and pharmacists are reporting an upsurge in sniffles, sneezes and coughs. This year, they’re from allergies, not winter colds. Pharmacists have been faced with restocking shelves with allergy medicines such as Claritin. Even herbal remedies have been hot sellers off the shelves. Doctor Keith Phillips, of Emory University, says it’s mold — not pollen...
  • Israeli scientists crack mystery of food allergies

    12/29/2004 11:18:01 AM PST · by ddtorque · 27 replies · 920+ views
    For the more than 11 million Americans who suffer from food allergies, some news with a tantalizing aroma is emanating from Israel. Scientists from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology have found a way to neutralize a sesame seed protein that causes allergies and they believe the technique can also be used to eliminate allergens in milk, peanuts and other common foods.
  • DOD May Restart Anthrax Shots

    12/16/2004 8:37:29 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Military Dot Com ^ | Dec. 16. '04 | UPI
    DoD May Restart Anthrax Shots United Press International December 16, 2004 WASHINGTON - Several months after a federal court ruled against the Department of Defense's mandatory anthrax vaccination program, the DOD has requested an emergency ruling so it can continue to give the controversial vaccine to soldiers. The authorization request was made in a letter from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. "I have determined there is a significant potential for a military emergency involving a heightened risk to the United States military forces of an attack with anthrax," said Wolfowitz...
  • Area is hotspot of new children's disease (eosinophilic esophagitis)

    11/01/2004 8:10:16 AM PST · by Willie Green · 16 replies · 982+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Monday, November 1, 2004 | Jennifer Bails
    It started at birth with head-to-toe eczema. Then Noah Smith began throwing up his baby formula and losing weight. His parents knew something was really wrong about a year ago when he stopped eating altogether. At first doctors thought that Noah, 2, of Irwin, Westmoreland County, had gastroesophageal reflux disease, or chronic heartburn. But a closer look inside his digestive system revealed that Noah suffers from a new, allergy-linked disorder that Pittsburgh doctors have started to diagnose at alarming rates in the past several years. The disease is called eosinophilic (pronounced ee-OH-sin-oh-filic) esophagitis -- commonly called EE -- and it...
  • Caesarean may raise risk of infant allergies

    10/21/2004 1:01:49 PM PDT · by HawaiianGecko · 46 replies · 511+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 21-October-2004 | Reuters
       LONDON - Being born by Caesarean section may increase a baby’s risk of suffering from food allergies and diarrhea in the first year of life, German doctors said on Thursday.
  • No-peanut zone makes Fifth Third Ballpark safe haven (Peanut Fascists strike again)

    06/15/2004 8:21:01 AM PDT · by Sabertooth · 142 replies · 825+ views
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | June 3rd, 2004 | Shannon Vesper
    Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack ... This familiar line from the baseball anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" doesn't have the same happy meaning for Timothy Haverkamp that it does for most fans. Timothy, a first-grader from Ada Elementary, is allergic to peanuts. "He was allergic to everything when he was little. His brother is allergic to peanuts, too," Jane Haverkamp, Timothy's mother, said. "He never had a life-threatening emergency with peanuts, but we don't keep any at home." Timothy attended Wednesday's West Michigan Whitecaps game without fear of an attack. The team hosted its second...
  • Antibiotics linked to huge rise in allergies

    05/27/2004 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 301+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/27/2004 | James Randerson
    The increasing use of antibiotics to treat disease may be responsible for the rising rates of asthma and allergies. By upsetting the body's normal balance of gut microbes, antibiotics may prevent our immune system from distinguishing between harmless chemicals and real attacks. "The microbial gut flora is an arm of the immune system," says Gary Huffnagle at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbour. His research group has provided the first experimental evidence in mice that upsetting the gut flora can provoke an allergic response. Asthma has increased by around 160 per cent globally in the last 20 years. Currently...
  • Heinz Recalls Pesto Sauce With Labels That Don't List Nuts Among Ingredients

    02/20/2004 4:23:51 PM PST · by summer · 22 replies · 126+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 20, 2004 | AP
    Heinz Recalls Pesto Sauce With Labels That Don't List Nuts Among Ingredients The Associated Press Published: Feb 20, 2004 PITTSBURGH (AP) - H.J. Heinz Co. is recalling tens of thousands of jars of Classico brand pesto sauce because the label does not list pine nuts as an ingredient. People with an allergy to nuts could suffer a life-threatening reaction if they ate the sauce. Several thousand cases of the sauce were made over a two-day period in December and were probably distributed nationally, Heinz said Friday. The recall affects 10-ounce jars of Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce and Spread with UPC...
  • Woman's Skin Falls Off, Miraculously Survives

    01/08/2004 10:32:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,748+ views
    Yahoo News via Drudge ^ | 1/8/04 | KGTV-San Diego Channel.com
    A young Ocean Beach woman survived a severe allergic reaction that had University of California, San Diego Regional Burn Center staff scrambling to save her life, 10News reported. By all accounts, Sarah Yeargain, (pictured, left), shouldn't be alive. But she is and some are calling it a medical miracle. Three weeks ago, the skin on Yeargain's body began sloughing off. Dr. Daniel Lozano, from the UCSD Regional Burn Center, said, "She lost skin in her entire body. It's rather dramatic to really see this coming off in sheets." Even the membrane covering her internal organs -- her eyes, mouth, and...
  • High School Now A Balloon-Free Zone

    11/10/2003 6:17:42 AM PST · by Jack Wilson · 27 replies · 171+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 8, 2003 | Jodi S. Cohen
    High school now a balloon-free zone Oak Park campus learns to live without latex, as it prepares for a student with a dangerous allergy By Jodi S. Cohen Tribune staff reporter Published November 8, 2003 It was a simple delivery of flowers and balloons, but the bouquet was turned away at the door of Oak Park and River Forest High School. The school's snub was the first reaction to a violation of a new ban on latex products--from medical gloves to Band-Aids, swim caps, gym equipment and even birthday balloons--to prepare for a freshman with a life-threatening latex allergy who...
  • Growing Up with Cats Good for Allergies

    11/09/2003 3:29:12 PM PST · by MizSterious · 7 replies · 286+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 3 2003 | N/A
    Growing Up with Cats Good for Allergies Mon Nov 3, 4:42 PM ET NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Allowing cats to be in a child's bedroom, starting in the first year of life, may prevent the later development of allergic asthma and hay fever, new research suggests. Although many reports have shown an anti-asthma effect for early cat exposure, others have actually tied such exposure to an increased risk of asthma. These seemingly contradictory findings may relate to the timing and amount of exposure. In the current study, Dr. Rudiger von Kries, from the Institute for Social Pediatrics and Adolescent...
  • High school now a balloon-free zone

    11/08/2003 4:23:21 AM PST · by sarcasm · 31 replies · 402+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 8, 2003 | Jodi S. Cohen
    It was a simple delivery of flowers and balloons, but the bouquet was turned away at the door of Oak Park and River Forest High School. The school's snub was the first reaction to a violation of a new ban on latex products--from medical gloves to Band-Aids, swim caps, gym equipment and even birthday balloons--to prepare for a freshman with a life-threatening latex allergy who will enroll in fall 2004. Oak Park officials already have discarded the latex gloves used in the health department, cafeteria and science labs, and balloons were banned on school property at the start of this...
  • Genetically modified grass snuffs out hayfever

    06/22/2003 2:05:15 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 1 replies · 180+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19:00 18 June 03 | Rachel Nowak, Melbourne
    A hypoallergenic grass genetically modified to lack two common hay-fever allergens is set to enter field trials in the US. The researchers behind the GM grass hope it will help shift public opinion around the world in favour of GM crops. "The beauty of this grass is that it will benefit the wider public not just the primary producer," says German Spangenberg of the Plant Biotechnology Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Perennial and Italian ryegrasses, the types Spangenberg and his team have genetically modified, are sown for lawns and pasture around the world and account for 70 per...
  • Fed Health Chief: I'll Skip Smallpox Vaccine

    12/18/2002 5:56:04 PM PST · by 2sheep · 227 replies · 1,944+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/16/02 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said yesterday he does not plan to be inoculated with the smallpox vaccine and recommends that other Cabinet members not request the inoculation either.</p> <p>"I do not believe it is necessary or should be taking place," he said.</p>