New Guidelines on Epinephrine Use
21
September

New Guidelines on Epinephrine Use

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Getting the right treatment in an allergy emergency can be the difference between life and death. An expert panel weighed in on these emergencies. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) issued some new guidelines this month on epinephrine use for severe allergic reactions, including […]


Cholesterol Rx and Stroke: The Effects on Older Patients

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If you have to take a pill for high cholesterol, it would be nice to know that it does double duty. New evidence suggests that for healthy older patients, cholesterol drugs might have some benefits beyond just lowering cholesterol. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. New research from France found that medications used […]


Type I hypersensitivity (IgE-mediated hypersensitivity) – causes, symptoms, pathology
17
September

Type I hypersensitivity (IgE-mediated hypersensitivity) – causes, symptoms, pathology

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Having a hypersensitivity means that someone’s immune system has reacted to something in such a way that it ends up damaging them, as opposed to protecting them. There are four different types of hypersensitivities, and in the first type or type one, the reactions rely on Immunoglobulin E, or IgE antibody, which is a specific […]


Allergic Rhinitis – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology
13
September

Allergic Rhinitis – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

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“Rhin” refers to the nose and “itis” refers to inflammation, so rhinitis is nasal inflammation. Allergic rhinitis is also called hay fever, because it’s typically caused by allergens like hay, as well as pollen, dust, animal hair, or mold spores. Since the main trigger is pollinating plants, allergic rhinitis will flare up at specific times […]


What is COPD? Animated Explanation Video

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Hello, in this HealthSketch we want to talk to you about COPD. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but it makes sense when you break it down. ‘Chronic’ describes how it doesn’t go away ‘Obstructive’ describes the way it makes breathing difficult, and ‘Pulmonary disease’ means it affects […]


Understanding Food Allergy
09
September

Understanding Food Allergy

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During an allergic reaction, the immune system responds to a normally harmless substance as if it were a threat. In some people, common foods such as milk, eggs, and peanuts can trigger such a reaction. So how does this work? If you have a food allergy, your immune system makes a type of antibody called […]


What is respiratory allergy? | facingallergies.com
01
September

What is respiratory allergy? | facingallergies.com

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Why are we allergic? An allergy is an over reaction of the immune system in contact with the allergen. The reaction takes place in two phases. The first phase is the sensitization phase. Upon initial contact with the allergen, the immune system considers the allergen as ennemy susbtance. The cells in the immune system macrophages […]


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, pathology
01
September

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, pathology

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, describes a pattern of recurrent bouts of abdominal pain and abnormal bowel motility causing things like constipation or diarrhea, or a mixture of the two, and often times the abdominal pain improves after a bowel movement. Although it sounds similar, IBS is different from inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, which […]


Type IV hypersensitivity (cell-mediated) – causes, symptoms, treatment & pathology
31
August

Type IV hypersensitivity (cell-mediated) – causes, symptoms, treatment & pathology

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Having a hypersensitivity means that someone’s immune system has reacted to something in such a way that it ends up damaging them, as opposed to protecting them. There are four different types of hypersensitivities, and in the fourth type or type 4, the reactions are caused by T lymphocytes, or T cells, and so type […]


Asthma for Families
31
August

Asthma for Families

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Asthma is a health problem that can make it hard to breathe. This can be very frustrating and scary. For kids, it can make them miss a lot of school. But – if you know what to do, asthma can be controlled. With the help of parents, teachers, nurses, and doctors, the good news is […]