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December 2007 Briefing - Allergy

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for December 2007. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Smoke Exposure in Infancy May Cause Atopic Sensitization

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke in early infancy may be at increased risk of developing atopic sensitization to common inhalant and food allergens, according to an article published online Dec. 18 in Thorax.

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Healthy Preterm Infants Have Altered Lung Development

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy premature infants exhibit decreased airway function throughout the first two years of life even though their lung volumes are normal, suggesting that premature birth may be associated with altered lung development, researchers report in the Dec. 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine.

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Traffic Linked to Reduced Lung Function in Asthmatics

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to vehicle traffic can result in a significant reduction in lung function in adults with asthma, and reducing exposure to airborne particulates may slow lung-function decline in adults, according to two studies published in the Dec. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Acute Sinusitis Does Not Respond Well to Medication

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- In a primary care setting, neither antibiotics nor topical steroids effectively treat acute sinusitis, according to study findings published in the Dec. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Peanut Allergies Are Developing Earlier in Infants

MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Despite medical recommendations urging the delayed introduction of peanuts to infants with a family history of allergy, the age of first exposure and reaction in peanut-allergic children appears to be declining, according to the results of a study published in the December issue of Pediatrics.

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