‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

The demand for yoga equipment and accessories in foreign countries, including Australia and Canada, has been growing for the past few years, an expert has said here. The yoga products are being sought after by the people in foreign countries due to the “high level of allergy”, he said. “There has been a huge demand for neti patra, a traditional pot used in cleansing the nasal passage, and other yoga accessories in foreign countries. The demand has been growing since the last few years,” Ramchandara Surve, general secretary of Sri…

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Home remedies to keep pollen and dust allergy at bay

Home remedies to keep pollen and dust allergy at bay

The weather is now pleasant. One is tempted to go out and have fun. But, there is trouble in the wind for those who are sensitive to irritants like dust and pollen. The early unexpected rise in temperature has led to tree pollination – a longer season of sufferings for the allergy prone. For some, it is an annual feature to struggle with this allergy in the ongoing season of dust mites and pollination. If you are a regular patient of seasonal allergies, plan ahead how to deal with it…

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Dear parents, here’s what you can do to prevent peanut allergy in kids

Dear parents, here’s what you can do to prevent peanut allergy in kids

A panel of experts says you can prevent development of peanut allergy in your kids by introducing foods containing peanuts until five years of age. Clinical trial results showed that regular peanut consumption begun in infancy and continued until five years of age led to an 81 percent reduction in development of peanut allergy in infants deemed at high risk because they already had severe eczema, egg allergy or both. According to researchers, people living with peanut allergy and their caregivers must be vigilant about the foods they eat and…

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New Advice: Peanuts in Baby’s Diet Can Prevent Scary Allergy

New Advice: Peanuts in Baby’s Diet Can Prevent Scary Allergy

New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods, starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic. The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, some as early as 4 months. It’s a major shift in dietary advice for a country fearful of one of the most dangerous food allergies. “We’re on the cusp of hopefully being able to prevent a large number of cases of peanut allergy,” said Dr. Matthew Greenhawt of the…

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Some Babies May Need Allergy Tests Before Trying Peanuts

Some Babies May Need Allergy Tests Before Trying Peanuts

Most of the time, parents can safely feed peanuts to babies on their own, but infants with a history of allergies should still get a checkup first, a research review confirms. “If your infant has a history of an allergic disorder (i.e. eczema, food allergy), we would recommend that he/she be evaluated for a peanut allergy by an allergist, before introducing a peanut containing product at home,” said lead study author Dr. Sara Anvari of Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “Also, when introducing peanuts at…

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Patch for Peanut Allergy Found Beneficial for Children

Patch for Peanut Allergy Found Beneficial for Children

Researchers have come up with a new wearable patch for skin that claims to treat children and young adults with peanut allergy, finds a study. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, suggested that small amounts of peanut protein through the skin showed promising benefits for younger children. The treatment, called epicutaneous immunotherapy or EPIT, was safe and well-tolerated, and nearly all participants used the skin patch daily as directed. “To avoid potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, people with peanut allergy must be vigilant about the foods…

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Baby’s Gut Microbiome Influences Risk of Allergy, Asthma

Baby’s Gut Microbiome Influences Risk of Allergy, Asthma

The microbes living in a baby’s gut within its first month of birth may directly impact the developing immune system as well as lead to a higher risk of allergies and asthma later in the childhood, finds a study. Gut microbes play a key role in processing dietary components such as fats, giving them a powerful influence over whether anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory molecules end up in the gut, the researchers said. The findings showed that one-month-old infants without anti-inflammatory lipids possessed abnormally high levels of resident fungal species. These infants…

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Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Antibiotic treatment within the first year of life is associated with an increase in food allergy diagnosis, suggests new research. The researchers found that children prescribed antibiotics within the first year of life were 1.21 times more likely to be diagnosed with food allergy than children who hadn’t received an antibiotic prescription. “Overusing antibiotics invites more opportunity for side effects, including the potential development of food allergies, and can encourage antibacterial resistance,” said lead researcher Bryan Love from South Carolina College of Pharmacy in the US. The study involved analysis…

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Eating Peanuts Helps Infants Avoid Allergy, Even After Pause

Eating Peanuts Helps Infants Avoid Allergy, Even After Pause

Feeding infants small amounts of mashed-up peanuts early in life may help them avoid developing allergies, even if they stop eating peanuts for a year in early childhood, said researchers. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine have prompted global health authorities to reconsider long-held advice that babies should avoid certain foods, amid a rise in potentially fatal peanut allergies among youths in recent years. “The early introduction of peanut to the diets of infants at high-risk of developing peanut allergy significantly reduces the risk of peanut allergy…

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