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Food Allergy and Serum IgG

Food Allergy and Serum IgG Tests
Serum IgG tests are not useful to make a diagnosis of food allergy according to studies published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Food specific Serum IgG in blood tests shows that you were exposed to the foods in the past. High levels of serum IgG to food does not indicate a food allergy.
Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS
Pediatric Allergist

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Blood test for early cancer detection

Blood tests for early cancer detection

Diagnosis of early-stage cancer by a blood test (liquid biopsy) is a promising technique, as reported in the journal Nature. The test looks for circulating tumor cells or DNA from tumors. Many malignancies, including lung and breast cancers, were detected early by the blood test. It will be an additional tool for the early detection and treatment of cancer.

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New Treatment for Eczema

Eczema treatment

New Treatment for Eczema
Dupilumab is a monoclonal antibody which has proven to reduce up 75% of symptoms-score of itching in atopic eczema. Approved for adults in 2017 for treatment of adults with moderate to severe disease, Dupulimab has given physicians a new tool to treat the condition for which there was no satisfactory cure. Also, this is a drug with no alarming safety concerns.
Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.
Pediatric allergist

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Peanut-allergic reaction from proximity

Young man suffering from allergy

Peanut-allergic reaction due to proximity

No reason to worry about peanut allergic reaction from proximity!

Many parents are extremely concerned about the child developing an allergic reaction from being next to someone eating foods containing peanut. Recent challenge studies using peanut butter held 12 inches from a person with a peanut allergy did not provoke an allergic reaction. The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.Pediatric Allergist

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Adult Immunization – Flumist

Flumist: Flumist (live attenuated influenza vaccine) is back in the market after being banned last year. Availability of nasal inhalation should increase the participation of adults who are reluctant to takes shots. Live virus vaccine is not recommended for those with a weak immune system, pregnant women, adults with diabetes, and those with heart liver and kidney disease.

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Training on asthma inhalers

Reducing asthma attacks!

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Reduction in asthma exacerbations can is achieved by educating the patients with on the effective use of asthma inhalers by pharmacists, nurses, or physicians. A research study published in The Journal of the American Geriatric Society showed that 30% reduction in asthma exacerbations was achieved by educating the patients with asthma on the proper use of inhalers for asthma.

Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS.

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Health benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet: Ten Simple Facts for Better Health
Many diets are complicated and difficult to follow. Mediterranean diet is
easy to follow for improved health.
Here are the top ten facts to know about Mediterranean diet:
1. Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced death.
2. Mediterranean diet reduces heart problems (stroke, heart attack, death from heart disease).
3. Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cancer (colon, rectal, prostate, breast).
4. Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in Parkinson’s disease.
5. Mediterranean diet is associated with a decrease in Alzheimer’s disease.
6. The diet incorporates more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
7. It includes olive oil.
8. It includes wine.
9. It includes some fish and chicken.
10. It reduces sugar, milk and milk products, and red meat.

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Thyroxine and Mortality

High-normal thyroxin levels correlate with earlier mortality, according to a recent report published in the Journal of American Medical Association. People with thyroxine levels in the lower range of normal lived longer than others as reported in this research. This information is relevant for those who take thyroid replacement medications believing that they feel better with the addition

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Cedar Allergy

Cedar Allergy

Allergy symptoms due to pollen are not common in winter. However, cedar tree pollinates in Winter. Cedar pollen allergy can induce sneezing, wheezing, and triggering of an asthma attack. Cedar trees grow in abundance in the Southern United States is a predominant source of allergy in December.”The pollen appears copiously from late fall to late winter” inducing misery to patients with sinus allergy and asthma. Other Juniper species include red eastern cedar.
Treatment for allergy to cedar pollen is basically allergy shots; pollen extract immunotherapy produces significant decreases in symptoms during the cedar pollen season.