Tag Archives: quality of life

AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There are old data showing that poorly controlled allergies have as much impact on school performance as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).  So do you want your child taking Benadryl before final exams? Allergies also have a great impact on health-related … Continue reading

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FOOD ALLERGY LABELING DRIVE RISKY CHOICES

FCAAIA Notes: Precautionary food labeling (PAL) does not apply to foods that are intended to contain a known common food allergen. The vast majority of packaged foods  with PAL do not contain food allergens. But, a small percent do and … Continue reading

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KIDS WITH MORE DAILY STRESS HAVE MORE NIGHTLY ASTHMA AWAKENINGS

FCAAIA Notes: Well, this study gives us something to think about, doesn’t it? Of course, we don’t know if more stress led to more severe asthma or if poorly controlled asthma leads to more stress. Or, maybe it works both … Continue reading

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FOOD ALLERGY IN ADOLESCENTS LINKED TO EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS

FCAAIA Notes: Allergies, like any other chronic disease (yes, allergies ARE a chronic disease), has secondary psychosocial factors affecting the patient’s overall well-being. Food allergy has proven impact on quality of life, so it is not surprising that affected patients … Continue reading

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DIFFERENCES IN CARE IDENTIFIED FOR CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: Do you control your child’s food allergies or do they control you? As much as we wish it was not so, food allergy is a fact of life.  The only 100% effective treatment is avoidance. Nonetheless, accidents happen. … Continue reading

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INADEQUATE HEALTH INSURANCE LEADS TO DISCONTINUATION OF SCIT

FCAAIA Notes: There are only 2 proven and natural cures for airway allergy: Avoidance of the allergens and allergy shots. As effective as injections are, we recognize they are an inconvenience.  Studies from many years ago show that in the … Continue reading

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PRECAUTIONARY ALLERGEN LABELING COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR CONSUMERS WITH ALLERGIES

FCAAIA Notes: The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004 was important legislation requiring clear labelling of products containing the 8 major food allergens (milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish).  Since then it … Continue reading

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ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES INCREASE A CHILD’S RISK FOR ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: Triggers to asthma are numerous and varied.  Why some children develop asthma and others do not is unknown.  We know that psycho-social factors affect asthma and that chronic diseases including asthma are family stressors affecting the quality of … Continue reading

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UNCONTROLLED ASTHMA MAY LEAD TO EMOTIONAL DISORDERS

FCAAIA Notes: The association between chronic diseases (yes, asthma IS a chronic disease) and psychological conditions including depression was well established years ago.  The proverbial “chicken-egg” question has always been part of the equation. Things seems to work both ways: … Continue reading

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CHILDREN OFTEN RATE THEIR ASTHMA WORSE THAN PARENTS REPORT

FCAAIA Notes: Nobody but the patient can really know how the patient feels. An old paradigm is that children 12 and older are better at identifying the impact their allergies and asthma have on their quality of life and that … Continue reading

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