Are you allergic to your cat?

Cat allergy? What exactly is it? We would like to clear up a misunderstanding here: cat allergy is often called “cat hair allergy”, like other allergies to animal hair. This term is misleading. Cat hair is not the real cause of the allergy, although it plays a central role in the spread of allergens. The …

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Diet for a Healthy Asthmatic

“There is a medical term, known as the Respiratory Quotient (RQ) that represents the amount of energy expended by the lungs to rid the body of carbon dioxide generated by the metabolism of foods. Different foods have different Rqs. The higher the RQ, the harder the lungs work. Carbohydrates have a quotient of 1; fats …

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Soup Kettle Topics: Xanthines

Title: Coffee Drinking and Prevalence of Bronchial Asthma Author: Annesi, I.; Kauffmann, F.; Oryszczyn, M. P.; Neukirch, F.; Dore, M. F.; (Date: May, 1990) Journal: Chest; V. 97; Issue: 5; Pages: 1268-9 Notes: Comment Letter Title: Caffeine for Asthma Author: Bara, A. I.; Barley, E. A.; 2000) Journal: Cochrane Database Syst Rev; Issue: 2; Pages: …

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Soup Kettle Topics: Viral Matters

Title: Interactions between Allergic Inflammation and Respiratory Viral Infections Author: Avila, P. C.; (Date: Nov, 2000) Journal: J Allergy Clin Immunol; V. 106; Issue: 5; Pages: 829-31 Notes: Comment Editorial Review Review, Tutorial URL: http://www.mosby.com/scripts/om.dll/serve?action=searchDB&searchDBfor=art&artType=fullfree&id=a111027&target= Title: Community Study of Role of Viral Infections in Exacerbations of Asthma in 9-11 Year Old Children Author: Johnston, S. …

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Soup Kettle Topics: Sleep

Title: The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical System and Sleep in Man Author: Friess, E.; Wiedemann, K.; Steiger, A.; Holsboer, F.; 1995) Journal: Adv Neuroimmunol; V. 5; Issue: 2; Pages: 111-25 Abstract: This review article summarizes the major findings about the interactions of human sleep structure and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) system under physiological and pathophysiological conditions, including studies that …

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