May 8, 2011

And You Thought 2010 Was Bad

1 2011 Spring Allergy Season May Be Worst Ever

The 2010 spring allergy season was the worst on record and 2011 may top that with record high pollen levels. Blame it on climate change, says Stanley Fineman, MD, president-elect, Am. College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology who says that in order to cope with spring allergies, visit an allergist to learn your triggers and then do your best to avoid them. Allergic to pollen? Keep your windows closed on dry and windy day and avoid certain foods such as apples, cherries, pears, plums and nuts which may worsen symptoms. Instead, opt for green, leafy vegetables and citrus fruits. If mold is the culprit, stay indoors on rainy or humid days. Ban triclosan, a common household chemical that’s in antibacterial soaps which is a trigger for many allergy sufferers.

More at MSNBC.msn.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Atopic Dermatitis May Be Sign of Food Allergies

Tags: Allergies, Food Allergies, Mold, Pollen, Spring Allergies, Dr. Stanley Fineman, College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

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'Tis the Season for Autism

2 Winter Conception Linked to Autism in Kids

A study involving over 7 million kids in California born between the early 1990s and early 2000s has demonstrated that the risk of autism is 8 and 16 percent higher in kids conceived in December and March, respectively, compared to babies made in July. The link remained even after factors such as the mother’s education level, race and ethnicity and the year the child was conceived were taken into account. Researchers hypothesize that being exposed to things such as the influenza virus may play a role in the development of autism. Researchers also point out that these results may indicate because of some type of in utero exposure in the second trimester, for example, pesticides used in homes and farms during the rainy or warm months that increase the risk of autism.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Autism Risk: Closely Spaced Pregnancies, Autism Risk Raised by Living Near Highway

Tags: Autism, Factors Increasing Autism Risk, Babies Conceived in Winter and Autism Risk

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