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Archive for the 'Asthma/Allergy' Category

Acupuncture for people with seasonal allergic rhinitis

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

acupunctureMan1Researchers from the US, Germany, and China studied the proposed benefits.

The results offer an opportunity to compare acupuncture to other treatment options. (more…)

Consumer Alert: “Koff & Kold” and “Kold Sore”

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The FDA tells us that Wholistic Herbs Inc. is recalling all of its “Koff & Kold” spray with herbal extract and “Kold Sore” spray with liquid sea mineral. (more…)

Homeopathy for children with atopic dermatitis

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Researchers at the Tuscany Regional Homeopathic Reference Centre, in Italy, studied the long-term outcome of children suffering from atopic dermatitis (the most common form of eczema) after an about 8 years. (more…)

Caution when using a neti pot

Monday, December 19th, 2011


The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is warning residents about the dangers of the improper use of neti pots. (more…)

Vitamin A and the risk of asthma

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Animal research suggests that a vitamin A deficiency adversely affects lung development and promotes airway hyper-responsiveness, which may predispose to asthma.

Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, in Maryland, examined the long-term effects of vitamin A supplementation early in life on asthma risk. (more…)

Does swimming pool attendance affect asthma and allergy risk?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Researchers at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain, studied whether swimming in infancy and childhood was associated with asthma and allergic symptoms at age 7 and 10 years. (more…)

Failure of a written action plan for children with asthma

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program stipulate that self-management for asthma should include a written action plan.

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle, measured the association between a written action plan and asthma outcomes in inner-city children. (more…)

The value of breathing training in asthma

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Surveys suggest many people with asthma use it, often without the knowledge of their healthcare providers.

Researchers at the University of Southampton, in the UK, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Air cleaners and air quality for children with asthma

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland, looked for any change in air quality and symptoms in children with asthma. (more…)

A systematic review of reflexology

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

ReflexologyTherapy[1]Prof. Ernst has reviewed all the studies. (more…)

Yoga as a treatment for asthma

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Benefits of aerobic training in people with asthma

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil report it “may be especially useful for patients with higher degrees of psychosocial distress.” (more…)

Benefits of aerobic training on quality of life in asthma patients

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Yes, aerobic exercise training improves aerobic fitness and reduces dyspnea in asthmatics. However, its effect on psychological distress and symptoms is poorly understood.

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, studied the role of aerobic training on quality of life and psychological distress in patients with moderate or severe persistent asthma. (more…)

Review of herbals to treat asthma

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Today is Worlds Asthma Day.

So, researchers from the UK and China reviewed the evidence supporting the use of herbs and plant extracts to manage asthma. (more…)

CAM use by children with asthma

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Today is World Asthma Day.

So, researchers at the Universite de Montreal, in Quebec, surveyed CAM use and factors associated with its use. (more…)

Ten-Cha to treat house dust mite allergic rhinitis

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

In Japan and China, Ten-Cha is a commonly used complementary alternative medicine for allergic rhinitis.

Researchers in China studied Ten-Cha (Rubus suavissimus), which is commonly known as either Sweet Tea Extract or Chinese Blackberry Extract. (more…)

Environmental factors that increase wheezing in children

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Dr. Gordon Bloomberg is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis, Missouri.

He has reviewed the influence of factors that affect recurrent wheezing in young children. (more…)

Relaxation and prayer among people with asthma

Friday, April 15th, 2011

During the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, researchers at the University of Cincinnati reported that urban adolescents with asthma might experience worse outcomes when not using spiritual coping. (more…)

Response to fermented red ginseng in allergic rhinitis

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Many reports state that Panax ginseng and fermented red ginseng have anti-inflammatory effects.

Researchers at Seoul National University College of Medicine, in Korea, studied fermented red ginseng. (more…)

Review: Peppermint (Manta piperita)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

It’s a popular herb used in many forms (ie, oil, leaf, leaf extract, and leaf water).

Researchers at the San Diego-Rady Children’s Hospital, in California, compiled what’s known. (more…)