ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
CANCER
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
CAREGIVING
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
EYE CARE, VISION
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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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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