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Most People Who Think They are Allergic to Penicillin are Not

December 1, 2014

Many Americans may check the box “allergic to penicillin” on medical forms, but new research suggests that most of them are mistaken.

Follow-up testing revealed that most people who believed they were allergic to penicillin were actually not allergic to the antibiotic, according to two new studies.

In one study, 94 percent of 384 people who believed they were allergic to penicillin tested negative for penicillin allergy.

And in the second study, penicillin skin testing was performed on 38 people who believed they were allergic to the antibiotic, and all of them tested negative for such an allergy.  

Most People Who Think They are Allergic to Penicillin are Not

 

Many Docs Mistaken About Allergies

November 24, 2014

Many primary care doctors may not be up to speed on the causes and best treatments for allergies, a new study suggests.

In a survey of over 400 internists and pediatricians, researchers found that misconceptions about allergies were fairly common — particularly when it came to food allergies.

For example, one-third of all doctors, and half of internists, did not know the go-to treatment for a person who develops hives and vomiting after eating a known food allergen. (It’s an injection of epinephrine.)

Many Docs Mistaken about Allergies

 

For 30 years, generic medications helped make health care cheaper. Why is their cost surging?

November 17, 2014

Earlier this fall, a gathering of Washington politicians and wonks celebrated the birthday of a piece of paper: the Price Competition and Patent Extension Act of 1984, also known as the Hatch–Waxman Act. When the bill was signed into law 30 years ago, it streamlined the approval process for bioequivalent generic drugs as soon as the patent expired on the original medication. The subsequent expansion of the generic drug market, from less than 3 out of 10 prescriptions in 1984 to more than 8 out of 10 by 2014, is one of the few success stories among the United States’ many failed efforts to provide high-quality health care at a lower price. Total U.S. pharmaceutical expenditures actually dropped in 2012, and the Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association estimates that generic drugs saved the American health system nearly $1.5 trillion dollars from 2004–2013.

Why generic drug prices are suddenly surging

 

Clearing the Air: Chloramine Control for Indoor Swimming Pools

November 10, 2014

Perhaps the most perplexing and controversial problem facing heavily used indoor pools today is chloramine production. Chloramines cause obnoxious odors as well as skin, eye, and respiratory irritation that many swimmers mistakenly attribute to chlorine itself. When chloramine levels become troublesome (0.3-0.5 parts per million (ppm)), people begin to complain. And while much finger pointing takes place, often little progress is made in correcting the problem. Swim coaches and competitive swimmers blame the pool operators, while pool operators in turn blame the swimmers; pool chemists blame the ventilation systems, whereas those in charge of air handling blame the water chemistry.

But who truly is to blame? And how is the problem fixed? In reality, everyone is to blame when chloramines are produced, and everyone has a role in controlling them. While a heavily used pool may never be completely chloramine free, you can greatly reduce chloramine production through good pool management practices.  [….]

Clearing the Air

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