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Examining Link Between Childhood Asthma, Sleep And School Performance

Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and Hasbro Children's Hospital researchers have received more than $2.5 million in direct costs from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the impact of asthma on the sleep quality and academic performance of young children. The five-year grant will allow pediatric researchers, led by Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD, to evaluate the connection between asthma and allergic rhinitis symptoms (such as sneezing, congestion or a runny nose), sleep quality, and school functioning in urban, elementary school children between the ages of 7 and 9.

New Insights Into Allergy-related Disorders In Children

Allergies and asthma are a continuing health problem in most developed countries, but just how do these ailments develop over the course of a childhood? In a population-based study designed to help answer this question, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) found that 40 per cent or two of five -- of nearly 5, 000 two-year-olds had at least one reported allergy-related disorder. The most common symptom was wheezing, which was reported in 26 per cent of all children in the study, says Ingeborg Smidesang, a PhD candidate in the university's Faculty of Medicine, and the primary author of the study. Researchers are careful to point out that there is no guarantee that children who wheeze at two years old will grow up with asthma.

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Could You Be Allergic To Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is approaching and many couples are making plans to celebrate. But for the 3 million Americans allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both, a kiss may cause more than a warm feeling. For people with nut allergies, a passionate kiss with someone who has recently eaten nuts may raise the risk for a serious allergic reaction, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). This is because once the food allergen is consumed there is no easy way to remove the evidence. Rinsing your mouth, brushing your teeth or even chewing gum does not guarantee the food allergen will not be transmitted to another person.

Dangers Of Older Allergy Drugs Often Underestimated And Overlooked

A joint GA¬ LEN /EAACI report to be published in "Allergy" and available online on 8 February reviews new data on the treatment of allergies with older antihistamines compared with newer, second-generation H1-antihistamines. The research was funded by GA¬ LEN, an EU-funded Network of Excellence. The findings suggest that first-generation H1-antihistamines not only make patients drowsy, but also reduce rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, impair learning, and reduce efficiency at work the next day. In addition, first-generation H1-antihistamines have been implicated in numerous civil aviation, motor vehicle, and boating accidents, and even deaths as a result of accidental or intentional overdosing in infants and young children.

Association Discovered Between Eczema In Early Childhood And Psychological Problems In Children At Age 10 Years

Eczema in early childhood may influence behavior and mental health later in life. This is a key finding of a prospective birth cohort study to which scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen contributed. In cooperation with colleagues of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU), Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) and Marien-Hospital in Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia this study followed 5, 991 children who were born between 1995 and 1998. The study has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 125 (2010); 404-410. Researchers, led by Assistant Professor Jochen Schmitt of Dresden University Hospital, Dr.

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Am I Allergic to Peanuts?

Having an allergy to peanut is commonly seen during the first years of life. Although unlike other food allergies such as milk, most people will not outgrow peanut allergy. An allergic reaction to peanut, known as anaphylaxis, can manifest as minor or sever symptoms. It can show up as a minor irritation of the skin or it can develop into a more serious reaction such as constricting and blocking the airway for breathing. It is also possible that minor reactions in the past can lead to a more life-threatening reaction. Peanut allergy will show up almost immediately after exposure. Eating peanuts or foods containing peanuts can trigger a reaction.

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