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How to Save Money on Medications

Healthcare expenses in the United States have escalated in recent years. Insurance premiums, copays and deductibles have taken a huge bite out of the pockets of consumers. The cost of medications has proportionately soared despite the economic downtu...

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Milk Allergy May Be Masquerading As Milk Intolerance In Some Adults

Peanut allergy commands the most attention in children with severe food allergy because it is very common and can be life threatening. But milk allergy is more common in infants and toddlers because early on, cow’s milk is their main source of nutrit...

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Common Cold Symptoms Got You Down? Got Water?

It’s hard to get through a winter without being struck by the common cold bug. When it hits you it seems to command all your attention and sometimes make a spectacle of you: -You get that nasal voice. -You’re clearing your throat all the time. -You m...

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Seasonal Influenza or Stomach Flu?

Many areas of the U.S. are reporting a decrease in the number of severe flu syndromes over the past week but another threat appears to be sticking around.

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Nasal Steroids Instead of Antibiotics for Treatment of Acute Rhinosinusitis?

Months ago some qualified researchers (physician specialists in this case) published an article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology which reported superior outcomes of intranasal steroid (INS) compared to antibiotic or placebo (a substance co...

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Tips for Fighting Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is coming and you shouldn’t let yourself or anyone else in your family become victims. Here are seven ways you can help reduce the misery.

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Asthma Control: Seven Survival Tips for This Summer

Outdoor allergy season got off to a running start for many regions in the U.S. this year. The mild and shortened winter combined with the unseasonably hot early spring and summer has resulted in an escalation of allergy problems for millions of peopl...

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Seasonal Allergies: Can You Avoid the Knock-out Punch That May Come Next?

Many allergy sufferers have experienced an early start to their 2012 outdoor allergy symptoms. The unusually warm and shortened winter ushered in a wave of late winter pollen and mold. Although spring officially started March 20th this year, allergy ...

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8 Tips to Improve Asthma Control

Doctors often have short segments of time (much too short in my opinion) to interview, examine and discuss treatment on follow-up visits which on average are 10 to 20 minute intervals. Many times your doctor has certain benchmarks she/he wants you to ...

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Asthma Management: Have You Winterized Yet?

Minimizing the influence of outdoor triggers (cold air, drafts, pollution, etc.) and reducing the level of exposure to indoor triggers may pave the way to good asthma control. Here are eight tips on how to proceed: Winter proof your home in order to ...