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IG Live April 22: Temperature Rising, Health Declining
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109741.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths annually across the globe due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. In addition to the human toll, scientists estimate...


New Consensus Recs for Oral Immunotherapy in Food Allergies
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109717.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- New consensus recommendations published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology offer guidance on preparing patients for the use of oral immunotherapy (OIT) for treating food allergies. Zahida "Rani" Maskatia, MD...


COVID Infection Not Linked to New Asthma Diagnoses in Kids
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109639.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- A positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result for SARS-CoV-2 was not associated with a new asthma diagnosis in children, according to a retrospective cohort study. In adjusted analyses, PCR positivity for SARS-CoV-2 had...


FDA Expands Approval of Severe Asthma Drug
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109625.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- The FDA expanded the approval of benralizumab (Fasenra) to include treatment of younger kids with uncontrolled severe asthma with an eosinophilic phenotype, AstraZeneca announced on Thursday. Previously approved for individuals...


New WIC Rules Include More Money for Fruits, Veggies, and Expand Food Choices
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109570.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- The federal program that helps pay for groceries for millions of low-income mothers, babies, and young kids will soon emphasize more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as provide a wider choice of foods from different...


Why Do Kids of Smokers Wheeze Less When Mom Took Vitamin C During Pregnancy?
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109567.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- Improved airway function appeared to mediate the association between vitamin C supplementation and wheeze in kids whose mothers smoked and received vitamin C during pregnancy, a secondary analysis of clinical trial data found...


Which Food Allergy Patients Will Benefit Most From Omalizumab?
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109557.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- Data presented at the recent American Academy of Allergy, Asthma &amp; Immunology annual meeting showed that routine injections of omalizumab (Xolair) slashed the severity of allergic reactions to peanuts and other foods -...


Can You Guess Which New EPA Rule Offers $13 Billion in Annual Health Benefits?
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109525.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- I grew up in a majority immigrant community in Baltimore with large-scale factories and several major highways surrounding us. Breathing in toxic pollution and diesel was part of living in my neighborhood. In fact, we knew the...


Can Machine Learning Predict CVD Risk? Sleep-Related Benefits of Exercise
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109520.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center...


Lung Function Improvements Tied to Better Asthma Control in Children
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109478.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- In the VOYAGE trial, dupilumab (Dupixent) significantly reduced asthma exacerbations and improved lung function and asthma control in children (ages 6 to 11 years) with uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe asthma, with an acceptable...


'Major Advance' in Food Allergy Management: Experts Weigh in on OUtMATCH Data
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109375.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- At the recent American Academy of Allergy, Asthma &amp; Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting, researchers presented the phase III OUtMATCH study, which showed that omalizumab (Xolair) injections increased reaction thresholds for...


Benralizumab Proves Effective for Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109268.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- At the recent American Academy of Allergy, Asthma &amp; Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting, researchers reported that treatment with benralizumab (Fasenra) was noninferior to mepolizumab (Nucala) for relapsing or refractory eosinophilic...


First Treatment Approved for Chronic Rhinosinusitis Without Nasal Polyps
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109230.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- The FDA expanded the approval of fluticasone propionate (Xhance) nasal spray for chronic rhinosinusitis to also include treatment of adults without nasal polyps, manufacturer Optinose announced on Friday. The drug-device combination...


Are Your Patients' Allergies Worsening? Climate Change May Be at Play
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109205.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- 'Tis the season of warmer temperatures, blue skies, and the slow shedding of layers. While I, like many others, welcome this warmer weather, I am also weary of how unseasonably warm the winter has been. This past January was...


Another Dangerous Amoeba Linked to Neti Pots and Nasal Rinsing
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109166.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- For years, scientists have known people who use neti pots can become infected with a brain-eating amoeba if they use the wrong kind of water. On Wednesday, researchers linked a second kind of deadly amoeba to nasal rinsing....


Three Trials Examine Dupilumab in Moderate-to-Severe Asthma
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/109xxx/109127.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- Three abstracts evaluating dupilumab (Dupixent) for moderate-to-severe asthma were presented at the recent American Academy of Allergy, Asthma &amp; Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting: VESTIGE, a phase IV trial which evaluated...


AAAAI Roundup: Perioperative Assessment of Antibiotic Allergy With a Mobile App
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/108xxx/108997.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Posters at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma &amp; Immunology annual meeting provided data about an antibiotic allergy assessment tool via a smartphone app, a direct oral challenge (DOC) for assessing low...


Medicaid Expansion and Healthcare Workers; Cardiac Rehabilitation
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/108xxx/108977.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- TTHealthWatch is a weekly podcast from Texas Tech. In it, Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, and Rick Lange, MD, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center...


Epinephrine Nasal Spray Starts Reversing Allergic Reactions in Minutes
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/108xxx/108991.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Although FDA approval has eluded the intranasal epinephrine spray ARS-1 (also known as neffy), it continued to build its case with findings of resolved allergic symptoms in children and teenagers undergoing an...


Peanut Allergen Sensitization Seen in Younger Siblings of LEAP Study Participants
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/108xxx/108979.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Among the younger siblings of children who consumed peanut allergens as part of the LEAP trial, there was a trend toward peanut sensitization, though this effect was reduced if peanut was introduced early, results...


Indoor Pest Exposures Tied to Respiratory Issues in Kids With Asthma
<img src="https://clf1.medpagetoday.com/media/images/108xxx/108962.jpg"/> (MedPage Today) -- WASHINGTON -- Among kids with asthma, indoor allergen exposure to pests like mice and cockroaches was associated with occurrence of upper respiratory infections (URIs), according to a longitudinal study. Among 90 mostly Black...