Allergic conditions are on the rise in westernised countries and recent investigations have found that hospitalisations for anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction often involving more than one body system), urticaria (hives), and angioedema (allergic swelling of the face, lips and tongue) have been increasing since 1990.
Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults, say researchers in Europe. Such products have been associated with increased asthma rates in cleaning professionals, but a similar effect in nonprofessional users has never before been shown.
Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada – NDMAC and its member companies are committed to working with Health Canada toward to ensure the safety and efficacy of cough and cold medicines for children. NDMAC understands that Canadian parents may be concerned about how they should proceed when their children suffer from the symptoms of coughs and colds.
Grantees of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have adapted a rapid and accurate new molecular typing strategy and used it to conduct one of the most comprehensive studies of adenoviruses ever performed in the United States.
Vintage Chocolates Inc. of Elizabeth, New Jersey is recalling 4,455 bars of soy milk chocolate, because it may contains undeclared traces of milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this soy milk chocolate bar.
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is recalling one code of its 1.75 quart (1.65 liter) cartons of “Prestige Chocolate Ice Cream” because of a potential error in packaging. Some of the products may have the correct lid identifying the product as chocolate almond, but the “tub” is identified as only chocolate.
At the Keystone Symposium in Cape Town, the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise announced the appointment of its first executive director and the opening of a new secretariat in New York City. Dr. Alan Bernstein, founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will lead the international alliance of researchers, funders and advocates dedicated to speeding the search for an HIV vaccine.
Patients and physicians are invited to a Lupus Education Day to learn more about an oft-misunderstood disease, but one for which several potential new treatments are in development.
October 15, 2007, marks the fifth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. On this day, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) pledges to continue working toward reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community in the United States.
Long denigrated as vestigial or useless, the appendix now appears to have a reason to be – as a “safe house” for the beneficial bacteria living in the human gut.