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Schering-Plough to sell Danish anti-allergy drug

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schering ploughCOPENHAGEN (Reuters) - U.S. drug maker Schering-Plough Corp. <SGP.N> will develop and sell Denmark's ALK-Abello anti-allergy drug Grazax in North America, the Danish company said on Wednesday.

Shares in the Danish company rose 7.1 percent to 1,550 crowns on the news.

The drug treats grass pollen, house dust mite and ragweed allergies. The two companies will develop and sell it in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with Schering-Plough acquiring exclusive license rights.

Pine allergies require artificial trees

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pine treeRAPID CITY — If you or your family members seem to come down with colds every year at Christmas time, you might want to think about replacing that fresh-cut tree with an artificial one, according to a local allergy doctor.

“If someone is allergic to pine pollen, they will also be allergic to the smell of the pine — both the trees and the greens that you have in arrangements,” Dr. Gerti Janss said. And if you’re allergic to pine, you’re allergic to spruce. “They’re from the same family.”

Pine pollen allergies are common, Janss said, even though people might not realize they have them. Some people suffer when pollen flies in the spring and early summer. Others can’t do woodworking projects with pine boards.

Scratching Out Poison Ivy Allergy

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poison ivyPlagued by poison ivy allergy? It might be possible to coax the body to build up immunity to poison ivy.

That news comes from researchers including Mary Morris, MD, of Allergy Associates of La Crosse in La Crosse, Wis.

They studied 115 people with a history of severe skin reactions to poison ivy who were treated at their clinic over the past 15 years.

The treatment was a small amount of poison ivy extract placed under the tongue. The goal was to train the body's immune system not to overreact to poison ivy.

The patients took skin tests to see if the treatment helped.

Researchers link early pollen seasons to warmer weather

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pollen seasonsKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Researchers at Children's Mercy Hospital have analyzed a decade's worth of data and found what appears to be a trend of earlier pollen seasons, which they believe is triggered by rising temperatures.

The group has discovered that during the past 10 years the oak pollen season in Kansas City has begun, on average, a half day earlier each year. The findings were to be presented Saturday in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

"It could be creating a longer growing season for oaks," said Charles Barnes, the Children's Mercy biochemist in charge of the hospital's daily mold and pollen counts. "You might have to start taking your allergy medicine earlier."

The Children's Mercy research is similar to other research worldwide that attributes earlier, longer and more miserable allergy seasons to global warming. Some researchers suggest that the growing abundance of pollen may be causing the rising rates of asthma and increases in hay fever, eczema and other allergies in many countries.

evolutecLONDON (AFX) - Evolutec Group plc, a biopharmaceutical company developing products for the treatment of allergic, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, said its hay fever drug candidate rEV131 has demonstrated an additional mechanism that may give it anti-inflammatory properties.

It said rEV131, currently in Phase IIb trial, has an equivalent impact to an experimental small molecule H4 receptor blocker which may explain its anti-inflammatory effects, such as the significant reduction in nasal congestion observed, in previous clinical trials in asthma.

'We believe that rEV131 has the potential to fill the unmet need in allergic rhinitis for a new product which has a fast onset and reduces all symptoms,' it said.

Evolutec also said it is on schedule to deliver the results of its North American 300-patient Phase IIb hay fever trial by the year-end.

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Herbal remedies may give relief from allergies

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Allergy study skips shots and goes for the tongue

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Finally some good news on Allergy treatment. Sublingual Immunotherapy instead of shots. No more skin penetrating and direct injections into the blood. The allergen will go via "normal" way, i.e. the immune system will get proper warning and will act accordingly

"I have to remember to take it every morning," Mrs. Pilarski said. "Other than that, it's very convenient."

Ok, I understand that there's a price to pay for the safe medicine - a need to remember to take it. However, I think it's not that hard.

Anyways, I think this is a great start.

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By Shahina Maqbool, 13 Oct 2006

ISLAMABAD: Unpredictable weather changes, respiratory viral infections, and unprecedented heat and humidity in August and September increased the misery of respiratory allergy and asthma patients throughout Punjab and parts of NWFP.

The management of their illness becomes a challenge in Ramazan for many allergy and asthma patients as the holy month is associated with a significant change in daily routine patterns. Many believers visit mosques more frequently during Ramazan than any other time of the year. They expose themselves to dust from carpets, and many experience difficulty in breathing during 'sajda' (kneeling).

Tablet that could cure hay fever

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Hayfever: Blights the lives of one in four Britons each summerA daily tablet that could cure hay fever will be available within months.

The pills, which dissolve under the tongue, dramatically reduce the symptoms of the allergy which blights the lives of one in four Britons each summer.

Manufacturer, Danish drug firm ALK-Abello, believes its Grazax tablets, which can be taken at home, will even cure some sufferers.

The prescription-only pills, which are based on grass pollen, have recently been licensed for use and are expected to be on sale in the UK within three months.

Popped under the tongue once a day during the summer, they are the first tablets to tackle the underlying course of hay fever, rather than merely treat the symptoms.

High-efficiency air filtration equipment 100 times more efficient than standard paper filters can be added to existing central air conditioning and heating systems to remove 99.98 percent of airborne allergens.

Southlake, TX (PRWEB) October 13, 2006 -- Autumn brings crisp days and cool evenings to North Texas, a welcome change from the grueling heat of a sizzling summer. It also brings a few things not so welcome – runny noses, watery eyes, itchy throats, sneezing and congestion that are classic symptoms of seasonal allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) again has named the Dallas/Fort Worth area one of the 10 worst places in the United States for fall allergies, which dulls the fall luster for many North Texas residents.