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July 2007 Briefing - Allergy

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for July 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.

Stress Levels High in Mothers of Children With Eczema

FRIDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers of young children with eczema experience as much stress as mothers of children with chronic diseases or disabilities, according to a study in the August issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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Nursing, Other Occupations Linked to Adult Asthma

FRIDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- A substantial number of adult asthma cases are due to occupational exposure, particularly in nursing, or inhalation accidents such as fire or chemical spills, according to a study in the July 28 issue of The Lancet.

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Meta-Analyses Often Contain Data-Extraction Errors

TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- A high percentage of meta-analyses based on standardized mean differences may contain data-extraction errors that negate or even reverse their findings, researchers report in the July 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Bird Exposure Linked to Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- Common causes of hypersensitivity pneumonitis include exposure to birds and exposure to bird contaminated hot-tub water, according to study findings published in the July issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Performance-Related Pay Works Best with Quality Focus

THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- In pediatric care, pay-for-performance programs work best if they are combined with other collaborative efforts to improve the quality of care, according to the results of a study published in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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Impaired Lung Function Linked to Systemic Inflammation

MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- In young adults, reduced lung capacity is independently associated with a high level of systemic inflammation, which could increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a report published online June 29 in Thorax.

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Papworth Method Benefits Adults with Mild Asthma

MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- The Papworth method -- a series of integrated breathing and relaxation exercises developed in the 1960s -- may help improve symptoms, dysfunctional breathing and mood in adults with mild asthma, according to study findings published online June 29 in Thorax.

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Adult Atopy Intensified by Cat Allergen

MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Having a cat in the house can exacerbate bronchial responsiveness of adults with asthma or allergies even if the person tests negative for sensitivity to feline allergen, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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