Fight Against Hay Fever And Other Allergies Helped By New Immune System Discovery

A mechanism which can lead to hay fever and other allergic reactions, by preventing the immune system from regulating itself properly, has been discovered by scientists. Researchers hope their finding, published (Thursday 27 December 2007) in the journal PLoS Biology, will allow therapies to be developed that treat allergies by stopping this mechanism. The new […]

Allergic Reactions To Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents Are Rare, Study Finds

Allergic-like reactions to gadolinium-containing contrast injections in adults and pediatric patients (those younger than 19 years of age) are rare, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor. “When these reactions do occur, most of them are mild,” said Jonathan R. Dillman, MD, lead author […]

Food Intolerance Or Food Allergy?

Food allergy or intolerance? It’s important to know the difference. “If you have a food allergy, eating even the smallest amount of that food may trigger a serious reaction,” says James Li, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic allergy specialist, in the December issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource. “With food intolerance, you may be able to […]

Inspire Initiates Phase 3 Trial Of Epinastine Nasal Spray For Allergic Rhinitis

Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISPH) announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate epinastine nasal spray for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis. This Phase 3 clinical trial is a 14-day randomized, double-blind comparison of two concentrations of epinastine (0.1% and 0.15%) at two different spray volumes to placebo in approximately 750 […]

Asthma UK Comment On The Department Of Health’s Response To The House Of Lords Science And Technology Committee Report On Allergy

Neil Churchill, Chief Executive at Asthma UK says: ‘Allergy and allergic asthma do not currently receive the priority they should, in either research or services and the Government’s disappointing response will do little to improve the situation. ‘We are particularly disappointed that the Government does not see fit to act upon the recommendations for specialist […]

FDA Approves Zyrtec For Nonprescription Use In Adults And Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved tablet, chewable tablet, and syrup formulations of Zyrtec (cetirizine HCl) for nonprescription use. The nonprescription drug is approved for the temporary relief of symptoms due to hay fever or other respiratory allergies (sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; itchy throat or nose) in adults and children 2 […]