Allergy and Immunology News of the Day

Health News of the Day is a daily summary made from the selected links I post on Twitter. It is in a bullet points format with links to the original sources which include 350 RSS feeds that produce about 2,500 items per day.

  • Too much TV linked to higher asthma risk, if you can believe that. Children who watch television for more than two hours a day have twice the risk of developing asthma. Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is the most common children's chronic illness. Asthma accounts for one in 250 deaths globally each year, linked to obesity and lack of exercise

  • Hospitalizations for respiratory problems rise on hot, humid days. Hospital admissions rose by 4% for each degree increase in temperature beyond the 90-percent threshold

  • A Dallas TV station is describing immunotherapy (allergy shots) as "fighting fire with fire"

  • Children who've been infected with measles are less likely to develop allergies

  • Severe Insulin Allergy Treated with Rituximab and Omalizumab

  • HFA asthma inhalers can interfere with breath alcohol analyzer readings. The new propellant of asthma inhalers consists of HFAs, with some also containing alcohol -- ethanol. Transient increase in breath ethanol concentr. (BEC) after use of HFA-ethanol inhaler, returned to baseline within 5 min

  • 4.5% rate of cleft palate observed in rodents receiving doses equivalent to maximal recommended human dose of albuterol

  • Spraying Combivent into eyes may result in narrow-angle glaucoma, mydriasis, increased intraocular pressure

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