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Early Exposure to Allergens May Reduce Risk of Allergies, Asthma

It may sound a little gross, but a new study suggests that infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens, and a variety of household bacteria in their first year of life appear less likely to develop allergies and asthma.

baby and puppy

The study was conducted by scientists from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and other institutions, and was published June 6 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. It showed that early exposure to bacteria and some specific allergens could have an effect on shaping immune responses in young children.

This may help prevent allergies and asthma later in life.


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10 Places for Allergy Sufferers to Avoid this Spring, and How to Cope if You Can’t

Spring is here, bringing with it green grass, warmer temperatures, baseball season, and allergies. Depending on where you live, you may be feeling the effects of allergies more strongly than others. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released their list of “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies.”

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The 10 Worst Places for spring allergies:

  1. Louisville, Kentucky
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  5. Jackson, Mississippi
  6. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  7. Dallas, Texas
  8. Richmond, Virginia
  9. Birmingham, Alabama
  10. McAllen, Texas


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David Diaz Shed 100 Pounds in 6 Months by Being Accountable

When David Diaz was a child, a debilitating asthma attack sidelined him from strenuous activity for a brief period. Once the asthma was controlled, he was reluctant to resume his normal level of play, fearing another attack. This downward spiral of fitness, combined with a reliance on sugary soft drinks and fast food, only compounded his weight gain. Though it’s taken David many years to learn how to eat well and take care of himself, now he’s committed, accountable and has 100 fewer pounds on his frame to show for it.

David Diaz collage

After a modicum of weight loss success in college, David soon fell back into old patterns. “It wasn’t long before I treated food the way some people treat cigarettes or alcohol, namely as a way to feel better,” he admitted. “From there I just got worse and ballooned to my maximum weight of 280.”

During this time, David felt so uncomfortable in his own skin that he rarely allowed himself to be photographed. When he saw a photo that had been taken without his knowledge, he was dumbfounded. “ To them it was just a photo of me, but to actually see myself in that way, my gut as wide as it was, my face all puffy; I couldn’t believe I’d allowed myself to get that fat.” That was the turning point.


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Sucking on Your Baby’s Pacifier May Prevent Allergies

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  • Sucking on your child’s pacifier to clean it may reduce their risk of developing allergies like asthma and eczema, according to a study at Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Sweden.
  • 18-month-old children whose parents cleaned their pacifiers with their own mouths had less likelihood of developing allergies than children whose parents cleaned their pacifiers with tap or boiling water.
  • “Exposure of the infant to parental saliva might accelerate development of complex oral/pharyngeal microbiota that…might beneficially affect tolerogenic handling of antigens by the oral/pharyngeal lymphoid tissues,” study conductor Bill Hesselmar, MD, PhD, wrote.
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Surprising Health Risks of Spring on The Doctors

For many in this country, spring has sprung. While the warmer temps and sunny days are a delight to most, springtime can mean suffering for others. From allergies to illness, spring can be bring a surprising amounts of problems. This Thursday, March 29, the cast of The Doctors will examine surprising springtime health dangers.

One of the most common springtime ailments is allergies. On this episode, allergist Dr. Rita Kachru will discuss ways to end frustrating sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing. Dr. Kachru will also explain how allergens affect the body. Tips will be given to minimize irritants in the home.

As asthma sufferers tend to struggle most in the spring, the cast will discuss a new groundbreaking treatment for asthma. The Doctors will help viewers determine if it’s the right treatment for them.

Dr. Lisa Masterson, OB/GYN will discuss an oddity about springtime babies. Dr. Masterson explains why babies born in the spring may be at a higher risk for certain illnesses. Dr. Lisa will also discuss what are believed to be the best times of the year to have a baby.


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