Allergic reactions occur when the body wrongly defends itself against something that is not dangerous. A healthy immune system defends against invading bacteria and viruses. During allergic reactions, however, the immune system fights harmless materials, such as pollen or mold.
This week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launches a new ad campaign featuring the stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
What’s the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? How are these conditions diagnosed, and how are they treated? Lola O’Rourke, a registered dietician at Valley Medical Center explains.
Giving small daily doses of egg powder to children with egg allergy could pave the way to letting them eat the food safely, a new study finds. This would make life easier on kids whose only current option is to stay away from all foods that contain eggs.
Many people with asthma avoid exercise because they’re afraid it could trigger symptoms or even a full-blown asthma attack. But a new study finds that not only is it safe for people with asthma to exercise, but doing so could reduce their risk of asthma symptoms and attacks.
Since the 1970s, worm therapy has been used as an alternative treatment for hay fever under the assumption that it might calm overactive immune systems.
A CDC study of 115 patients who believed they had parasitic skin condition called Morgellons disease found no evidence that parasites were present. The researchers concluded the patients were suffering from “delusional” infestations. Christian Scientist William Scott suggests a spiritual response may help these patients.
November through March winter weather often causes stagnant air that traps air pollution from outdoor burning, wood stoves, and fireplaces gets trapped near the ground.
Ridding homes and offices of mold can help reduce respiratory infections and symptoms of asthma, but the best way to eliminate the mold remains unclear.
Consumers with celiac disease must avoid gluten—proteins found in baked goods made with wheat and some other grains. For those not sensitive to gluten, there’s no health benefit to a gluten-free diet.
First look for the ‘Contains’ statement and if your allergen is listed, put the product back on the shelf. If there is no ‘Contains’ statement, it’s very important to read the entire ingredient list to see if your allergen is present. If you see its name even once, it’s back to the shelf for that food too.
Most cosmetics do not require FDA approval, so the agency depends on consumers to report problems.
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Bed bug summit in Seattle. New York Times reporters discuss possible impact of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s death on the health-care debate.
Yummy Foods Company is recalling its 17 oz/480 g. Wife Cake product because it contains egg and wheat that is not declared on the packaging and may pose a danger to people with allergies to these ingredients. “People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg or wheat run the risk of serious or [...]