ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
DIABETES
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Eat Light - Live Longer
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk

FRIDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children and teens are at increased risk for allergies, especially food allergies, say U.S. researchers.

The study authors analyzed data from 4,111 participants, aged 2 to 19, who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and found that obese children and teens were 26 percent more likely to have any kind of allergy, and 59 percent more likely to have a food allergy, than their normal-weight peers.

"We found a positive association between obesity and allergies," senior author Dr. Darryl Zeldin, acting clinical director at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), said in an institute news release. "While the results from this study are interesting, they do not prove that obesity causes allergies. More research is needed to further investigate this potential link."

The study is in the May issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

"Given that the prevalence of both obesity and allergic disease has increased among children over the last several decades, it is important to understand and, if possible, prevent these epidemics," lead author Cynthia M. Visness, a scientist at Rho Federal Systems Division Inc., in Chapel Hill, N.C., said in the news release.

"Seeing a possible link between obesity and allergies provides additional motivation for undertaking the challenge of reducing childhood obesity," added Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS director.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and allergies.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, news release, May 4, 2009

Last Updated: May 08, 2009

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