ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
CANCER
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
CAREGIVING
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
The Best Diet? That Depends on You
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies

With spring allergy season looming, people need to know the facts about controlling their allergies, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

According to the ACAAI:

* Over-the-counter (OTC) oral antihistamines are less effective than prescription medicines in controlling a stuffy nose. OTC antihistamines may control some allergy symptoms but have little effect on relieving a stuffy nose or inflammation that often occurs with allergies.
* OTC decongestant nasal sprays are not addictive. However, overuse leads to the need to use more and more nasal spray in order to get congestion relief. Don't use an OTC decongestant nasal spray for more than three days in a row.
* Eating local honey will not combat spring allergies.
* Pollen allergies can lead to food allergies. About one-third of people with pollen allergies also may react to certain foods because some pollens and foods have similar proteins. The reaction is usually mild and may include itchy, tingling mouth, throat or lips.
* Skin tests are more sensitive than blood tests for diagnosing allergies.
* Allergy shots are not necessarily more costly or time-consuming than taking medicine to relieve allergy symptoms. Over time, in fact, they may reduce an allergic person's health-care costs.

More information

The American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery has more about allergies and hay fever.