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Cold, flu or allergies?

Categories: Blog  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Wellness

Many of us are still in a celebratory mood after ringing in the New Year. But for others, it’s been a real struggle trying to get some relief from runny noses, itchy eyes, body aches, coughing and congestion. Could it be you’re dealing with a cold or the flu? Maybe it’s “cedar fever,” the allergic response to the choking haze of mountain cedar pollen, which is most prevalent in South Texas during the winter season. If you’re like me, I suffer from cedar fever every year around this time. I can pretty much recognize the symptoms but not everyone suffers from …Read More >

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Surviving mountain cedar

Categories: News  /  Research  /  Wellness

It’s the airborne Ebenezer Scrooge that arrives in South Texas in time for Christmas each year, making noses run, eyes itch and tempers flare. You might know it by its common name, mountain cedar pollen— although the trees that cast it off in ridiculously large amounts are actually Ashe junipers. “People who aren’t from here, when they see this stuff layered on cars they’re concerned it’s smog or pollution,” said Dr. Jesus R. Guajardo, associate professor of pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center, who is board certified in both allergy and immunology, and pediatric pulmonology. “They don’t realize that …Read More >

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A new appreciation for germs?

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s enough to cause a shudder among many parents, whose first instinct is to protect kids from dirt and germs. But new research is pointing to an odd paradox — children exposed to different germs at a very young age were less likely to develop asthma in early childhood.  The study, published online last week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that young children exposed to some pretty disgusting bacteria, including those from cockroaches and mice, were less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma later. The findings build on earlier research driving one of the most popular …Read More >

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