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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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Medical Research: What is it? Who would ever volunteer for THAT? Maybe it deserves a second look……

by Dr. Don McNeil, M.D. Many people do not realize that a prescription medication that is recommended by their health care provider was proven to be effective only because it was studied vigorously in a clinical trial. Most over the counter medications are required to have passed similar studies. Perhaps these same people have heard […]

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Update on food allergy treatments: Are we close to a cure?

By Philip N. Rancitelli, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I Unfortunately, the prevalence of food allergies is increasing. Current estimates suggest 6-8 percent of children have food allergies, while about 2-4 percent of adults are affected. A handful of foods (peanut, tree nuts, seafood, cow’s milk, soy, and wheat) accounts for most reactions in children. Adults are more likely to react to nuts and […]

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Allergens for Every Season: Winter Allergies

by Joseph Bullock, M.D. Recent global warming has had a negative effect upon people with respiratory allergy symptoms. Global warming has had an effect upon the intensity and duration of the pollen seasons. Normally, the tree pollen season occurs from mid- April until the end of May. Usually there is a substantial frost around “income tax day” (April 15) […]

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Notice from Midwest Allergy regarding New England Compounding Center-related infections

Recently the public has been alerted regarding the risk of infection associated with steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center (NECC).  Although Midwest Allergy did not purchase or use the steroid injections that have been associated with the meningitis outbreak, Midwest Allergy physicians have discontinued the use of all NECC products out of an […]

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All about Allergy Testing

This article has been reviewed by Thanai Pongdee, MD, FAAAAI Allergies often heat up in the summer, when allergens such as grass, mold and ragweed pollen bring on symptoms like watery eyes and sneezing. Outdoor picnics and activities can pose more serious dangers for people who are allergic to certain foods or stinging insects. It […]

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What’s New with Egg Allergy?

By Grace Y. Ryu, M.D. Egg allergy affects approximately 2% of children younger than 5 years of age. Recently several studies have shown promise in accelerating development of tolerance with ingestion via oral immunotherapy or ingestion of eggs in baked goods. While most children outgrow egg allergy by 6-7 years of age several studies show some children persisting […]

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