Allergies & Asthma

Note that some links may require subscriptions. The World Health Organization Director-General issued a statement on the bravery of health workers following fatal attacks on Ebola responders last week. Meanwhile, international organizations wondered if these attacks could potentially lead to a resurgence in Ebola. (Reuters) A time-tested way to combat the vaping epidemic among teens:
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The word shock can describe several different situations. Medical shock happens when the body’s cells do not get enough oxygen-rich blood. It is not a disease but a result of an illness or injury. A person may also feel shocked when they experience something unexpected. This shock is psychological and usually does not cause any
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Note that some links may require subscriptions. The American Hospital Association observed the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Medicine’s seminal “To Err Is Human” report with a series of boasts about improved patient safety, including “14,000 lives” saved. The Justice Department’s plan to execute condemned prisoners starting next month with a single drug, pentobarbital,
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Note that some links may require subscriptions. A new Silicon Valley hospital — featuring 23 self-driving robots, a 50,000-slot pill dispenser, and an app to guide patients around — is a peek into healthcare of the future. (The Wall Street Journal) Purdue Pharma’s latest flub: caught planting an “anti-story” in The New York Times downplaying
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HOUSTON — Treatment with omalizumab (Xolair) was associated with improved endoscopic, clinical, and patient-reported outcomes in two parallel phase III studies in patients with steroid-refractory nasal polyposis. In the POLYP 1 and POLYP 2 trials, co-primary study endpoints were met, with omalizumab-treated patients showing significant improvements at week 24, compared with placebo-treated patients, in sense
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Nut allergies are among the most common food allergies, and they include reactions to almonds, walnuts, and pecans. An allergy to peanuts, however, is not technically a nut allergy. Many of the 1.2% of people in the United States who are allergic to peanuts may mistakenly believe that they have a nut allergy, but peanuts
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HOUSTON — Ragweed sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) was associated with improved allergy symptoms and was generally well tolerated in pediatric patients, according to results of a phase III study. The trial of over 1,000 children met its primary endpoint. During peak ragweed season, those treated with the daily ragweed SLIT tablet (Ragwitek) had a 38.3% relative
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An allergy is the immune system’s reaction to a foreign substance, or allergen, in the body. Typical symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies include a runny nose, sneezing, sinus congestion, and itchy eyes. A less common symptom of allergies is vertigo, which is a severe form of dizziness. A person may experience this symptom during
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HOUSTON — Hospital emergency department (ED) visits for anaphylaxis among very young children have doubled in recent years, though hospitalizations fell by more than half among this age group, according to research reported here. Lacey Robinson, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, noted that using the nationally representative Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) database,
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WASHINGTON — A kappa opioid agonist significantly relieved itching for patients on hemodialysis, a researcher said here. Among 378 patients with moderate-to-severe pruritus, 0.5 mcg/kg intravenous difelikefalin administered after dialysis treatment significantly improved itching intensity relative to placebo at week 12, measured by at least a three-point improvement on the Worst Itching Intensity Numerical Rating
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Numbness means an absence of feeling or loss of sensation. A numb face can be a symptom of one of many health conditions, including migraine and allergies. Numbness on any part of the body usually occurs as a result of damage to the nerves or a disturbance in their function. Problems with the nerves can
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Medications that can worsen heart failure (HF) are often continued or even initiated during heart failure hospitalizations, a study showed. Fully 49% of patients hospitalized for HF were prescribed HF-exacerbating medications at some point prior to discharge, and for 12% the number of such drugs increased during the hospitalization, according to Parag Goyal, MD, of
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Adverse childhood events (ACEs), such as emotional abuse, domestic violence, or incarceration, were commonly reported by U.S. adults, and these events were associated with the later development of many of the country’s leading causes of death, according to CDC survey data. Of 144,017 individuals who completed a phone survey, those who reported at least four
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Noteworthy and even game-changing new treatments and therapeutic strategies for COPD, cystic fibrosis, and other pulmonary diseases happened in 2019, but the headlines continue to be dominated by a still mysterious outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries. Few EVALI Answers In mid-August, health officials with the CDC first announced their investigation of close to 100 cases
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earn free cme credit Earn CME credit by reading this article and completing the posttest. Sign Up Study Authors: Mark T. Dransfield, Helen Voelker, et al.; William MacNee Target Audience and Goal Statement: Pulmonologists, cardiologists, emergency department physicians, critical care specialists The goal of this study was to examine if a beta-blocker (extended-release metoprolol) would
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