ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
CANCER
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
CAREGIVING
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
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
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
EYE CARE, VISION
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
FITNESS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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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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