Archive for the ‘Allergies’ Category

Lung Function Improves With Chiropractic Care

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study presented in the September, 1997 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research finds that patients in the study experienced “significant positive changes” in breathing capacity and lung function under chiropractic care. (more…)

Claritin Maker Accused Of False Advertising

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Reuters Health news service reports on August 9, 2001 that The Prescription Access Litigation Project (PAL), a Boston advocacy group, announced that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Claritin maker Schering-Plout over deceptive direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. (more…)

Allergies And Asthma Linked To Antibiotic Use In Infants

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

On October 1, 2003, HealthDayNews highlighted research reported at a conference of the European Respiratory Society in Vienna, Austria finds that children who take antibiotics are more likely to develop Allergies and Asthma later in life.

In the study, researchers from the Henry Ford Health System (more…)

Antacids Linked With Increase In Food Allergies

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study presented at the World Allergy Congress on September 10, 2003 indicates that patients taking antacids may develop food allergies.

Dr. Erika Jensen-Jarolim, professor of medicine and immunology at the University of Vienna, Austria says,”Our hypothesis appears to be right in that digestible proteins may act as food allergens when physiological digestion is hampered [by antacids].” (more…)

Dogs Decrease Risk Of Allergies in Infants

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

The February 2004 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that children who spend their first year of life in a household with a pet dog have a lower risk of developing allergies.

Dr. James Gern of the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied 101 children who lived with a dog in the house and 84 who were raised with a cat in the house. In all cases, either the child’s mother or father had allergies or asthma.

The children who lived with a dog in the house had less eczema, which often is a precursor to allergies and asthma. They were also less likely to develop a specific allergy protein and showed higher levels protective substances that help the body resist allergic reactions.

Those children living with cats showed no lowered allergy risk at all.

The explanation? Dirt. Gern says that early exposure to dirt tends to jump start the immune system in children. Since dogs tend to be dirtier than cats, they offer better exposure to dirt.

“Dogs are larger, and are more likely to lick you in the face compared to cats,” said Gern.

 

Johns Hopkins: Allergy shots useless

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A study in the January issue of The New England Journal of Medicine indicates that allergy shots given to children to treat their asthma are of little or no value. Dr. N. Franklin Adkinson, of Johns Hopkins University, where the study was undertaken, says, “we didn’t find any statistically significant benefits.”
The article continued,”One third of the youngsters receiving the shots got better, but so did one third of those in the comparison group. Overall there was no difference in their symptoms.” (more…)