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Ragweed Allergies: Be Prepared!

Ragweed Allergies: Be Prepared!

By: Philip N. Rancitelli, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I. Ragweed season is here! The end of summer is a beautiful time of the year in Ohio, but it often presents major challenges for allergy sufferers. Weed pollen and mold spores become more prevalent in the air and can cause significant allergy symptoms. Ragweed gets the most notoriety and […]

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Allergy to Stinging Insects

Allergy to Stinging Insects (Hymenoptera Allergy) by Dr. Jennifer Bullock Allergic reactions to insect stings have been reported to occur in up to 3% of adults, and in up to 1% of children. Most allergic reactions to insect stings are caused by yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, honeybees, and fire ants. Yellow jacket stings are the […]

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Tips to Remember for Allergic Reactions

School is winding down and summer is winding up. Allergies often bring to mind sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, or a burning sensation. While these are symptoms of some types of allergic disease, an allergic reaction is actually a result of a chain reaction that begins in your genes and is expressed by your immune […]

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Patients, Not Piggy Banks!

By Nancy Sander and Tonya Winders at the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) Nancy Sander is president and founder of AANMA and Tonya Winders is chief operating officer. Feeling more and more like the nation’s healthcare piggy bank?  Shaken, pinched and poked at every turn?  No wonder!  The Kaiser Foundation reports insurance […]

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Oral Allergy Syndrome

by Dr. Grace Ryu, M.D. Have you ever experienced an itchy mouth or throat after eating raw apples or banana?  If you have experienced those symptoms and also have allergic rhinitis (hay fever) then you probably have “oral allergy syndrome”. I developed these symptoms in my mid 20’s and didn’t realize the link to my […]

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Generic vs. Trade name prescriptions. Are they the same?

by Dr. Don McNeil, M.D. There is no one answer to this question. Sometimes they are the same and other times, they are not. To understand this more completely, some background information is necessary. A pharmaceutical product (drug or device) is rigorously studied in preclinical trials in non-human and human volunteers long before approval by […]

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Asthma and Allergies: Increasingly Common Diseases

By Deborah Ortega-Carr, M.D. Asthma and Allergies are increasingly common diseases especially in industrialized countries. Countries transitioning to a more western lifetyle and urbanized lifestyle also show increases in asthma and allergic diseases. Many potential reasons could account for this pattern, especially nutritional changes. Vitamin D deficiency has documented in many populations worldwide and has occurred despite the fortification of […]

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What’s Really in Your Cigarette?

Dr. Franz recently read an article written by Robert Proctor.  Mr. Proctor is a professor of the history of science at Stanford University and the author of “Golden Holocaust: Origins of Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition.” Dr. Franz would like to share the article in its entirety with you. by Prof. Robert Proctor […]

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