ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
CANCER
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Tune Up Your Health With Music
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
The Unmedicated Mind
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
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Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans

SUNDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Two new reports show that food allergies can be a burden on a family's finances and even its vacation plans.

The studies, expected to be presented in Washington, D.C., at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, demonstrate how these common conditions can have a wide impact on a family's quality of life.

In looking at the lives of thousands of caregivers to children, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute in Little Rock found that caregivers with a food-allergic child were more likely to stop working, reduce work hours or incur financial problems.

This appeared most often at a critical juncture, often when the child was not receiving necessary medical care, such as prescriptions or help from a specialist. As a result, food-allergic children had twice the chance of not getting proper specialist care, the study found.

The study's authors suggested that the financial burden caused by food allergies might be diminished if children with food allergies and their families received needed support and care.

A second study found that most families that have members with food allergies limit their vacation destinations because of the condition, with 90 percent saying it causes them to vacation only in the United States.

In studying questionnaires filled out by 410 people with a food-allergic family member, researchers found that 68 percent of participants limited where they went and more than a third avoided certain types of transportation, such as ships and planes.

Concern about having adequate medical care at a vacation spot was the most common parameter on vacation location, the researchers found, suggesting that tourist spots may want to have better access to medical care and arrange for special accommodation for those with food allergies.

Nearly all participants said they would not vacation in a remote location. Japan, India, China, Africa and beach resorts in foreign countries topped the list of places those surveyed said they doubted they would visit.

When they did travel, about half said they would eat most meals in their room, and more than 80 percent would ask for special meals if their vacation spot could accommodate them. When preparing to go, most also packed extra emergency medicines and allergen-free food, and almost half researched the location of the closest hospital to their destination.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about food allergies.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release, March 15, 2009

Last Updated: March 16, 2009

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