People exposed to higher levels of certain germ- and weed-killing chemicals may also be more likely to develop food allergies, a new study shows.Read More
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Children born after fertility treatments, such as IVF, may have a slightly higher chance of developing asthma, research suggests.
In a study of more than 13,000 UK children, five-years-olds were about twice as likely to have asthma if they were not conceived naturally.
The children were also more likely to need medication, which could be an indication of more severe asthma.
The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction.Read More
What do cancer patients and survivors need to know about the flu? WebMD asked Lisa Richardson, MD, associate director for science in the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.Read More
Children as young as 2 weeks old may now be treated for the flu with Tamiflu.
The FDA expanded its approval today for Tamiflu to include infants under age 1 who have had symptoms of the flu, such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and body aches, for no longer than two days.
It is not approved to prevent flu infection in this age group.
Tamiflu is now the only drug approved to treat the flu in children under age 1, who are at higher risk of developing complications of the flu.Read More
Antibiotics are ineffective in treating patients with persistent coughs caused by mild chest infections, the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal reports.
About 2,000 patients across 12 European countries filled in an 'illness' diary.
The study found that the severity and duration of symptoms in patients treated with antibiotics were no different to those given a placebo.
But experts caution that if pneumonia is suspected, antibiotics should still be used due to the disease's severity.Read More
Colorado Springs high school junior Morgan Smith can't remember a time when he didn't have life-threatening food allergies.Read More
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A simple spit test could identify thousands of children with severe asthma who are taking medication which will never help them, scientists say.
One in seven people will not respond to salmeterol, found in purple or green inhalers, which is given to tens of thousands of children in the UK.
A study of 62 children showed those patients could be identified and given effective treatment.
The results were published in the journal Clinical Science.Read More
When you're sick and miserable with a cold, you might grab the first box of cold medicine that you see on the drugstore shelf. But experts say that we should be savvier when choosing a cold medicine.Read More