Tag Archives: natural history

THUMB-SUCKING: CAN IT PREVENT FUTURE ALLERGIES?

FCAAIA Notes: I only posted this article because I thought the idea of the study was an interesting concept.  I think the results fall into the “You never really know, do you?”

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PERSISTENT CHILDHOOD ASTHMA LINKED TO EARLY COPD

FCAAIA Notes: We have known for many years that some patients with asthma (a “reversible” air way disease) develop air flow obstruction that is, at least in part, irreversible. Initially, the thought was that chronic low-grade air way inflammation was … Continue reading

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THE EFFECTS OF ROAD TRAFFIC POLLUTION ON CHILDREN LIFETIME EXPOSURE TO AMBIENT POLLUTION AND LUNG FUNCTION IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: I don’t really have to write any commentary here.  The fact is that air pollution (outdoor and indoor) adversely affects every aspect of respiratory health and has no redeeming qualities. So what’s my advice?  Think globally and act … Continue reading

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EARLY INTRODUCTION OF FOOD ALLERGENS GETS MIXED RESULTS

FCAAIA Notes: The EAT study described here was a natural follow-up to last year’s LEAP study.  Unfortunately, the protocol was very difficult to follow as it required that some 3-6 month old children were given a relatively large amount of … Continue reading

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EARLY PEANUT EXPOSURE REDUCES ALLERGY, LEAP-ON CONFIRMS

FCAAIA Notes: Last year, I reported herein the results of the LEAP study in which it was proven that early peanut introduction to at-risk infants decreased their rate of developing peanut allergy by age 5 by 80%.  If you didn’t … Continue reading

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ASTHMA-COPD OVERLAP — A NEW CLINICAL ENTITY

FCAAIA Notes: Asthma is a disease of “reversible air flow obstruction”.  When properly treated, lung function returns to normal. Among other things, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has irreversible or only partially reversible air flow obstruction.  That is, even at … Continue reading

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UNTREATED RHINITIS OFTEN PRECEDES ASTHMA IN ELDERLY

FCAAIA Notes: It is well-recognized that infants with atopic dermatitis (eczema) frequently develop nasal allergy (allergic rhinitis) and asthma as young as school-age.  This phenomenon, known as the “allergic march” (or “atopic march”) requires close observation and a low index … Continue reading

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FOOD SENSITIZATION EARLY IN LIFE MAY PREDICT SUBSEQUENT ALLERGIC DISEASE

FCAAIA Notes: This article is a quick reminder of the “atopic (or allergic) march”.  It is very common for children with atopic dermatitis to develop nasal allergies and asthma around early school age, even as the skin disease seems to … Continue reading

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PENICILLIN APPEARS SAFE IN PATIENTS WHO REPORT ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Penicillin allergy is out-grown at a rate of about 10% per year, so after 10 years, only about 10% of patients are still allergic.  Of course, many people who think they are allergic to penicillin were never allergic … Continue reading

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BREASTFEEDING MAY NOT PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: OK…don’t panic and don’t stop breast feeding.  The benefits of exclusive breast feed to 6 months old are undeniable.  Previous studies have associated exclusive breastfeeding with a decreased risk of allergies.  But, no study has ever concluded that … Continue reading

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