Traffic pollution raises childhood allergies

German researchers discovered the risk of developing asthma, hay fever or oth er allergies is about 50-percent higher for children living near a busy road. – Traffic pollution may increase risk of allergies in children. In a German study, researchers have confirmed that they found a link between traffic pollution and childhood allergies.

Contaminated heparin not given to New Zealand patients

New Zealanders who were given the intravenous medication, heparin, can be reassured contaminated products found overseas have not been supplied to the New Zealand market. – New Zealanders who were given the intravenous medication, heparin, can be reassured contaminated products found overseas have not been supplied to the New Zealand market, reported by Medsafe, New Zealand.

Contaminant identified in tainted Baxter’s heparin

MIT reseachers have explained how contaminated batches of the blood-thinner heparin were able to slip past traditional safety screens. – An international team of researchers led by Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) has explained how contaminated batches of the blood-thinner heparin were able to slip past traditional safety screens and kill dozens of patients recently in the United States and Germany.

Baxter recalls remaining heparin sodium vial products

Baxter International on thursday recalled nearly all of its heparin blood-thinning products six weeks after they were linked to severe allergic reactions in some patients. – Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) announced that the company is proceeding with the voluntary recall of all remaining lots and doses of its heparin sodium injection multi-dose, single-dose vials and HEP-LOCK heparin flush products.

Baxter’s multiple-dose vial Heparin causing allergy

Baxter’s Multiple-dose Vial Heparin Linked to Severe Allergic Reactions. FDA advises health care practitioners to switch suppliers and limit use of drug until problem identified. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Baxter Healthcare Corporation has temporarily stopped manufacturing multiple-dose vials of the injectable blood-thinning drug heparin due to reports of serious allergic reactions and hypotension (low blood pressure) in patients who receive high “bolus” doses of the drug.

Siglec-8 protein a possible key to allergy and asthma control

Activating a protein found on some immune cells seems to halt the cells? typical job of spewing out substances that launch allergic reactions, a study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests. – Johns Hopkins researchers suggests in a study that activating a protein found on some immune cells seems to halt the cells’ typical job of spewing out substances that launch allergic reactions.

RGS13 protein may play role in suppressing allergic reactions

A protein in humans known as RGS13 suppresses allergic reactions, including the severe, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. – According to scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a protein in mice known as RGS13 suppresses allergic reactions, including the severe, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.

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