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November 2007 Briefing - Allergy

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

Nasal Irrigation Tops Saline Sprays in Chronic Sinusitis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Nasal saline irrigation is superior to saline nasal sprays in the treatment of chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, according to research published in the Archives of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery in November.

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Outbreak in Laborers Linked to Flood-Damaged Huts

MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A large proportion of construction workers working at a New Orleans military base developed a variety of skin outbreaks following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The conditions are described in a report published in the November issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

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PTSD Symptoms Strongly Associated with Asthma

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In men, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are independently associated with an increased risk of asthma, according to the results of a twin study published in the Nov. 15 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Protein Found at High Levels in Asthma Patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A protein that recognizes a polymer found in insects and worms is found at high levels in the serum and lungs of asthma patients and correlates with asthma severity, researchers report in the Nov. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Medications May Not Be Reason for Lung Patient Fractures

TUESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- While an increased risk of bone fracture has been noted in patients with chronic lung disease who are treated with oral corticosteroids and inhaled short-acting beta-agonists, the risk may be attributable to the severity of the disease rather than the medication, researchers report in the November issue of the journal Chest.

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FDA Approves Zyrtec-D for Over-the-Counter Sale

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The allergy drug Zyrtec-D has been approved for non-prescription use in adults and children aged 12 years and older, according to a statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Study Explores Impact of Breast-Feeding on Lung Growth

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Longer breast-feeding appears to positively influence lung growth in children of non-asthmatic mothers, whereas breast-feeding in children of mothers with asthma is associated with impaired measures of lung function in later childhood, according to study findings published in the November issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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