July 2017 Briefing - Allergy

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for July 2017. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Cost-Effectiveness of Allergen Immunotherapy Evaluated

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) may be cost-effective for allergic rhinitis, and for venom allergy in high-risk subgroups, according to research published online July 18 in Allergy.

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2016 Saw Increase in Number of Physicians Since 2010 Census

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Census reports have demonstrated an increase in the number of physicians and in the actively licensed U.S. physician-to-population ratio from 2010 to 2016, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Regulation.

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House Dust Mites May Be Carriers for IgE Sensitization in Dermatitis

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), house dust mites (HDMs) may act as carriers for immunoglobulin E (IgE) sensitization to microbial antigens, according to a study published online July 25 in Allergy.

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Greater Engagement for Patients Who Read Visit Notes

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Greater engagement is reported by patients who read notes and submit feedback, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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Food Allergy Can Be Easily Misdiagnosed in Children

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, according to a National Academies consensus report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online July 24 in Pediatrics.

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Average Increase in Physician Compensation 2.9% in 2016

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The AMGA 2017 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey reports that 77 percent of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation in 2016, with an overall weighted average increase of 2.9 percent.

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Immunotherapy Efficacy Up With Gal-1/SIT Co-Administration

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Galectin-1 (Gal-1), allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) co-administration may suppress allergic responses in the intestine more than use of SIT or Gal-1 alone, according to an experimental study published online July 18 in Allergy.

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AMA Module Offers Help for Adding Pharmacist to Practice

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new American Medical Association (AMA) education module has been developed to help embed clinical pharmacists within a medical practice.

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Educational Intervention Doesn't Up Hand, Stethoscope Hygiene

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An intervention including education is not associated with an increased rate of hand hygiene or stethoscope hygiene, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Pollutant Exposure May Lead to Multi-Generational Asthma Risk

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maternal exposure to diesel exhaust particles during pregnancy may increase susceptibility to allergic asthma in more than one generation of offspring, according to an experimental study published online recently in the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

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Capsaicin Nasal Spray Effective for Mixed Rhinitis Patients

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Capsaicin nasal spray is effective for mixed rhinitis (MR) patients, who have more than one major etiologic factor involved in the mucosal pathology, according to a study published online July 16 in Allergy.

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High-Dose Vitamin D No Help for Winter URIs in Children

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of vitamin D don't protect children from upper respiratory tract infections in the winter, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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High Court Rules Against Interstate Medical Liability

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Washington State high court has ruled against interstate medical liability, according to a report from the American Medical Association.

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Patient-Centered Communication Could Help Reduce Burnout

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Better patient-physician communication can improve care and reduce burnout, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Maternal Uncontrolled Asthma Ups Risk of Asthma in Offspring

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers have uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing the disease at a young age, according to a study published online July 13 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Sinus Symptoms Improve 10 Years After Quitting Smoking

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) can be reversed within 10 years after quitting smoking, according to a study published online July 12 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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Early Career Burnout Can Be Contagious Via Social Networks

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For early career teachers (ECTs), social network members' burnout levels are associated with increased burnout levels, according to a study published in the August issue of Teaching and Teacher Education.

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Booster Allergen Immunotx Cuts Symptoms in Allergic Rhinitis

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis (AR), booster allergen immunotherapy (AIT) using tyrosine-absorbed grass pollen allergoids containing the adjuvant monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL) prevents symptom recurrence, according to a study published online July 4 in Allergy.

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Too Many Children Not Getting Epinephrine When Needed

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Epinephrine administration in children at risk of anaphylaxis often occurs with considerable delay, according to a study published online July 12 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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Medicaid Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Health Care

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid enrollees are largely satisfied with their health care, and most are able to access the care they need when they need it, according to a research letter published online July 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Review: Little Evidence on Vitamin D-Allergy Association

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplementation seems not to prevent allergies in pregnant women, breastfeeding women, or infants, though there is very little evidence about the association between vitamin D and allergic diseases, according to a review published online July 4 in Allergy.

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Clinical Decision Rules Accurately ID Rhinosinusitis

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical decision rules can be used to diagnose acute rhinosinusitis and acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Health Service Use Unchanged From 1996-1997 to 2011-2012

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Utilization of health services was largely unchanged from 1996-1997 to 2011-2012, but expenditures increased, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Patients Are Often Recording Doctor's Visits

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients may be recording office visits, with or without permission, according to an opinion piece published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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American Adults Without Health Insurance Rises by Two Million

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American adults without health insurance has increased by about two million so far this year, according to a new Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index poll.

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Rate of Non-Health Care Facility Medication Errors on the Rise

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of serious medication errors has doubled since 2000, according to a study published online July 10 in Clinical Toxicology.

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Increasing BMI Causally Linked to Asthma, Not Hay Fever

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There is a causal relationship between increasing body mass index (BMI) and asthma and decreased lung function, according to a study published online July 4 in Allergy.

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Allergists Concerned About Bee, Wasp Venom Extract Shortage

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A shortage of honeybee, wasp, and hornet venom extract has allergists concerned.

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Sugar Intake During Pregnancy Tied to Allergy in Offspring

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High intake of sugar-laden foods and beverages during pregnancy may contribute to the development of asthma and allergies in offspring, according to research published in the July issue of the European Respiratory Journal.

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4-Food Elimination Diet Induces EoE Remission in Children

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eight weeks of a four-food elimination diet can induce remission, according to a study published online June 8 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Market Competition Linked to Change in Generic Drug Prices

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Market competition levels are associated with changes in the price of generic drugs, according to a study published online July 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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IgE Allergy Testing Improves Atopic Dermatitis Outcomes

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Identification of allergens by immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing improves outcomes in atopic dermatitis, according to a study published online June 20 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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AMA: Doctors Should Make Sure Their Online Info Is Accurate

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a technologically advanced society, physicians need to take advantage of the internet to reach patients and exercise caution in their online presence, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Many Children With Reported Penicillin Allergy Are Not Allergic

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many children suspected of being allergic to penicillin actually aren't, according to a study published online July 3 in Pediatrics.

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