November 2016 Briefing - Allergy

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for November 2016. 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.

ASST Combined With Other Tests Best IDs Autoimmune Urticaria

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The autologous serum skin test (ASST) can be combined with additional parameters to best identify chronic autoimmune urticaria (AIU), according to a research letter published online Nov. 15 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Rising Rx, ER Prices Pushing U.S. Health Care Spending Up

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Privately insured Americans spent nearly 5 percent more on health care last year than in 2014; this increase was significantly more than that seen in previous years and reflects higher costs for prescription drugs, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations, according to a report published Nov. 22 by the Health Care Cost Institute.

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Efficacy of Wet Wrap Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis Undetermined

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence that wet wrap therapy (WWT) is more effective than topical steroids for the treatment of atopic dermatitis is mixed, according to a review published online Nov. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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HR Capabilities Positively Linked to Quality of Patient Care

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Human resource (HR) capabilities are positively associated with quality of patient care, with the relationship mediated by proactive work, according to a study published recently in Human Resource Management.

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High Transepidermal Water Loss in Infancy Linked to Eczema

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in infancy is associated with atopic eczema (AE) at age 2 years, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Five Strategies Can Reduce Risk of Medical Lawsuits

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five strategies can be employed by physicians in order to help reduce the risk of lawsuits, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Decreased Clot Retraction Rate in Asthma

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Clot retraction rate (CRR) and fibrinolysis rate (FR) are reduced in steroid-naive asthma, according to a study published online Oct. 14 in Allergy.

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Half of Americans Have at Least One Chronic Health Condition

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness, or problem with drugs or alcohol, according to a study published online recently in Psychology, Health & Medicine.

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Scented Products, Environments Linked to Health Woes for Many

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fragranced products such as soaps, candles, and air fresheners cause more than one-third of U.S. adults to suffer ill health effects, including headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties, according to research published online Oct. 20 in Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health.

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Vague Food Labels Can Place Patients With Allergies at Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Shoppers are often confused by food labels that warn of potential allergens, and the consequences can be serious, according to research published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

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