Monday, January 5, 2015 12:00 am
(Family Features) Wheezing, shortness of breath and chronic bronchitis are often associated with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, they are also symptoms of a serious genetic form of emphysema called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, also known as Alpha-1.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 12:00 am
(BPT) - For most students, school is about more than just making the grade. There are many pressures children face in and outside the school hallways.
Friday, October 31, 2014 12:00 am
(BPT) - When Schuyler Morris’ son, Bear, experienced his first life-threatening allergic reaction to dairy from a piece of buttered toast given to him by a well-meaning babysitter, Morris wasn’t initially sure the reaction warranted an epinephrine injection. Although Bear had previously been tested and diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to dairy and peanuts by an allergist, in the moment, Morris questioned whether the signs and symptoms her son was experiencing were truly an emergency and didn’t want to overreact. Instead, she headed for her pediatrician’s office. Morris wasn’t even halfway there before she realized she needed to take action immediately.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:00 am
(BPT) - As the sun sets on Halloween night, children will transform into vampires, witches and pumpkins while they prepare for what many of them look forward to most – trick-or-treating. The suspense of not knowing what kind of treat you’ll get is always exciting, but this American trick-or-treating tradition can be a major concern for some families. An estimated one in 13 U.S. children lives with food allergies, a common cause of anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction). To be aware of those managing potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, there are several things to keep in mind this Halloween season.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 am
(BPT) - Sending children back to school comes with a long checklist of items to remember. For example, you need to know what school supplies to buy. You will want to visit the school to find the classroom and meet the teacher. You will also plan after-school activities full of fun enrichment opportunities. If you have a child with asthma or allergies going back to school this fall, you need another item on that list. Specifically, your checklist should also include connecting with the teachers, school nurse and other school staff about your child’s symptoms, treatment and prevention strategies.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am
(BPT) - The word “kosher” is typically associated with food products. However, Pfizer Inc. has taken the next step to include prescription medicine by certifying their product, ELELYSO™ (taliglucerase alfa) for injection, an enzyme replacement therapy for adults with Type 1 Gaucher disease. The Orthodox Union (OU), the world’s most recognized and trusted kosher certification body, certified ELELYSO, as part of their efforts to support the interests of the global Jewish community.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:15 am
Since the inception of Health Springs I’ve been addressing issues surrounding food allergies (among other health and wellness posts). I’ve even shared my personal struggles in hopes of shedding light on living with the condition.
Monday, November 18, 2013 1:00 pm
If you have a child who suffers with food allergies, then you know how much dedication goes into cooking meals, how much deliberation goes into picking the right restaurants to dine-out. Above all, you are familiar with all the many creative ways to navigate the dreaded school cafeteria menu … that is, if you don’t already pack lunches.
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