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Allergies Flare Up In Warm Winter Weather

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Forget the flu , this winter is all about the wheeze . Asthma and allergy sufferers need snow and cold to eliminate mold and breathing problems. Cases of respiratory illnesses like bronchitis are spiking this season.
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Respiratory disorders are often related: sinusitis, asthma, rhinitis, allergies, reflux, otitis: understanding the Unified Airway Model can help you eliminate these from your life. Focusing on combining the best of "conventionnal" and "alternative" remedies - Integrative Medicine.
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Breathe Easier with Acupuncture

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Curators note: Robin Green's work with acupuncture in children with Asthma is inspiring! And clinic trials have demonstrated that - regardless of HOW it works - it DOES work. Check out the other post here from PubMed on acupunture in children for treating asthma. 

 

"This is Part 2 of the Ask-the-Expert article on using Acupuncture as a remedy for Childhood Asthma."

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Allergy-Related Diseases Affect Majority of Children - Doctors Lounge

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Curator's Note: Allergies and allergy-related disorders affect more than 50% of our children!

 

"Allergy-Related Diseases Affect Majority of Children: Eczema, asthma, and rhinitis affect more than 50 percent of children up to age 12, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in the journal, Allergy. via Doctors Lounge"

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In Sinusitis, Antibiotics Are as Effective as Placebos, Study Finds

In Sinusitis, Antibiotics Are as Effective as Placebos, Study Finds | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it
A new clinical trial found that a placebo worked just as well as the antibiotic amoxicillin in treating the runny nose, sneezing, cough, headache and other symptoms of sinusitis.
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Home visits to kids with asthma improve outcomes - Nurse.com

Curator's Note:  When nurses visit children with asthma at their homes, hospitalizations for asthma exacerbations decrease by more than 80%!!

 

"Home visits to kids with asthma improve outcomes: Nurse.com | A program called the Community Asthma Initiative has demonstrated the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalization and ED visits by children with asthma."

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Rhinitis – 5 Triggers of Allergic Rhinitis and Suggestions For Coping | Itchy skin - What causes allergy?

Rhinitis – 5 Triggers of Allergic Rhinitis and Suggestions For Coping http://t.co/2Slgszad...
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HealthTap

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Croup is usually caused by parainfluenza virus. Vocal cords get inflamed. Cough described as a seal barking. Sometimes fevers accompany croup. Cool air or shower steam can help cords feel more comfy.
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Breastfeeding tied to stronger lungs, less asthma

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids who were breastfed as babies may have better lung function, and a lower risk of asthma, than those who were formula-fed, two new reports suggest.
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The Overuse of Allergy Tests: They Could Do More Harm Than Good - The Atlantic

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The Overuse of Allergy Tests: They Could Do More Harm Than GoodThe AtlanticChronic rhinitis is another condition where children might benefit from an allergy test. Rhinitis is a catch-all term for irritation, swelling, or congestion in the nose.
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Moms Talk: Home Cold Remedies - Patch.com

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Moms Talk: Home Cold RemediesPatch.comOne of my kids is prone to croup and the other ear infections. So, waiting it out isn't always an option for us. Stacy: Never did just rush my kids to the doctors for every little sickness.
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How Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine benefit allergies and sinusitis?

Rhinitis is a common seasonal or recurrent complaint with signs and symptoms that include nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge, sneezing and discomfort of the conjunctiva, pharynx, & ala nasi. The causal agent is hypersensitivity of the ...
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Treating RSV, Croup and Other Winter Bugs in Infants

Treating RSV, Croup and Other Winter Bugs in Infants | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it
With winter comes nasty bugs for babies, including RSV, croup, colds and the flu.
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Apitherapy News: Manuka Honey's Superbug-Fighting Properties ...

Apitherapy News: Manuka Honey's Superbug-Fighting Properties ... | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it

Dr Maddocks: "People with this bacteria quite often find that the wound doesn't heal properly. The biofilm makes them especially difficult to treat with antimicrobials because the film offers a layer of extra protection. When grown in the laboratory, we have found that Manuka honey kills these strains of bacteria."

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Breastfeeding OK for Moms With Asthma - WebMD

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"Medical DailyBreastfeeding OK for Moms With Asthma |WebMD|  New moms with asthma can safely breastfeed without worrying that the practice will increase their child's asthma risk, a new study shows."

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Randomized controlled pilot study to compare Home... [Homeopathy. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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Sublingual immunotherapy in children with allergic rhinitis: quality of systematic reviews

Curator's Note:  This is a report from a "meta-review," meaning a review of all the other medical publications on this topic since a certain date. In this case, they reviewed publications on the topic of Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) for treating allergies in children, published since 2000. Their conclusion? The quality of even the best studies is only "moderate". Promising, but just okay. So? There need to be more clinical trials and studies of SLIT for treating allergies in children

 

"Of 10 systematic reviews of sublingual immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis in kids, most only moderate quality http://t.co/ELXGJpwJ..."

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Ask the naturopath: asthma - Adelaide Now

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"Ask the naturopath: Asthma - Our naturopath gives her verdict on whether the Buteyko breathing method can help asthma sufferers."

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What Parents Need To Know About Controlling Their Child's Asthma

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Has this allergy season put your child's asthma in overdrive? Find out how you can deal with these tips from an expert in allergies and immunology.
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Applying Science to Prevent Childhood Cavities | Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Applying Science to Prevent Childhood Cavities | Clinical & Translational Science Institute | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it

Curator's Note: Xylitol has been found to prevent ear infections (otitis media), and also dental caries (cavities). This is a link to a decent article on preventing dental caries in children. 

 

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Rhinitis of Pregnancy

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The third installment of guides for those suffering from Rhinitis of Pregnancy.
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Dark Chocolates On Valentine's Day Are Better For You - Medical News Today

Dark Chocolates On Valentine's Day Are Better For You - Medical News Today | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it
Dark Chocolates On Valentine's Day Are Better For YouMedical News TodayDr.
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PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms - AAFP News Now

PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms - AAFP News Now | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it

Curator's Note:  Many physicians have long considered gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) to be a factor in poorly controlled asthma in children. The clinical trial just reported in JAMA compared placebo to a proton-pump inhibitor (anti-reflux medication) in children with asthma. They found that, unless children "had symptoms of reflux," their asthma did not benefit from treating reflux.

 

But NOTE:  chronic cough and night-time cough are both "symptoms of reflux". These are also symptoms of asthma. Therefore, it can be difficult to separate them. As a result, I have a hard time taking anything useful away from this study.

 

From my own decade of treating children with respiratory symptoms and reflux, I "cure" a surprising number of children of their "asthma" using a simple trial of Zantac (generic: ranitidine) - a relatively safe anti-reflux medication. More recently, I have had families return to clinic reporting that they have had great success reducing their child's need for asthma inhalers, by using DGL lozenges - a 'natural' anti-reflux and anti-inflammatory. Anyway, the link here is to an article about the report in the revered Journal of the Americal Medical Association (JAMA). For what that's worth:

 

"PPI Ineffective for Asthma Control in Children With No GERD Symptoms | AAFP News / By Lisa Curran | An acid reflux drug frequently prescribed for children with poorly controlled asthma does not improve asthma control if the child has no symptoms of..."

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Why Sharing (Asthma Inhalers) Has Serious Consequences - Everyday Health

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Why Sharing (Asthma Inhalers) Has Serious ConsequencesEveryday HealthTwo Colorado eighth-graders face expulsion after one let the other use her asthma inhaler during what they thought was an asthma attack.
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Small Things Considered: Peer Pressure Induces Biofilm Production

Small Things Considered: Peer Pressure Induces Biofilm Production | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it
by S. Marvin Friedman

Bacteria are expert census takers. Using chemical signals they can recognize when they are in a crowd, and then they respond with appropriate collective behaviors.
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Common dietary fat and intestinal microbes linked to heart disease

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A new pathway has been discovered that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease.
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Eucalyptus Oil Aromatherapy for Respiratory Problems Such As Asthma & Sinusitis | Asthma Treatment Tips

Curator's Note:  Eucalyptus oils may be "mucolytic" - that is, help break up tenaceous mucus of asthma. 

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Mask, train, pray for rain: Olympic 10000 meter hopeful Galen Rupp battles ... - Washington Post

Mask, train, pray for rain: Olympic 10000 meter hopeful Galen Rupp battles ... - Washington Post | Your Unified Airway: keeping it healthy | Scoop.it
Mask, train, pray for rain: Olympic 10000 meter hopeful Galen Rupp battles ...Washington PostThe American 10000 meter record-holder has exercise-induced asthma, along with severe allergies to pollen and other airborne particles that can make it...
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