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Symptoms of Celiac Disease in Children

Children with celiac disease tend to be sickly, small and irritable. But once gluten-free, the turnaround is nothing short of astounding. Janet Smith was sure she wasn’t overreacting. Her 18-month-old daughter Heather had terrible symptoms: she was throwing up eight times a day, her stomach was bloated, and her diapers needed to be changed constantly. […]

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Running on Empty: The Crisis in Asthma Control

Asthmatics are living half lives, shunning exercise, medications and coughing their way through the night. It doesn’t have to be this way. Adrienne Smith has been battling with her asthma since she was diagnosed at the age of 13. For Smith, high school gym class was particulary difficult: she would often get a crushing feeling […]

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Asthma and the Common Cold

University of Calgary scientists probing the common cold and its effect on asthma have made some important discoveries. Recent research led by David Proud, a professor in the faculty of medicine, is the first to look at how every single gene in our bodies responds when infected with a cold virus, the most common of […]

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15 Ways to Clean Up Your Home’s Air

The choices you make within your own home can improve the quality of air your family inhales. Home Detox Buy unscented cleaning supplies without harsh chemicals. Or, make your own: for example, mix one part lemon juice with two parts vegetable oil to make a furniture polish; use baking soda and water for scouring bathtubs, […]

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Kids with Asthma Can Play Sports

Forget the stereotype of the wheezy, wimpy kid puffing on an inhaler. Young athletes prove that you can be a winner in sports – even with asthma. Since being diagnosed with asthma when he was 4 years old, Brett Favaro has suffered pneumonia and bronchitis, asthma attacks, and been to numerous doctors. Now 22, he […]

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Could Your House Be Causing Allergies and Asthma?

We’ve sealed ourselves indoors with a toxic stew of gases, dust and mold. Home is just not so sweet any more.

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Pet Lovers Pitted Against the Allergic

As news about Air Canada’s decision to once again allow pets in airplane cabins spread, several news outlets reported on the matter. The articles, and corresponding readers’ comments, show the issue is divisive: many people are angered by the new rules, while others are looking forward to bringing their pets on board. The Toronto Star […]

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Plane Peanut Ban Debated

From the archives; published June 2010. In early June, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced it was seeking public input on how to make air travel more accessible to people with severe peanut allergies. Specifically, DOT said it was considering these options: banning peanuts from being served on flights; banning them from being served […]

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Cat Allergy Ruled Disability on Airlines

The Canadian Transportation Agency wants to talk to Canada’s airlines about their policies for carrying small animals in the cabin. It made the request in a recent ruling in which it found that passengers with cat allergies have disabilities in terms of air travel. The ruling looked at three cat-allergy complaints against Air Canada, Air […]

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Air Canada Told: Offer Nut-free Zones

The Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered Air Canada to create a formal policy that includes nut- or peanut-free “buffer zones” on its airplanes to accommodate passengers with these serious food allergies. In its preliminary ruling, released January 7, 2010, the agency also declared peanut and tree nut allergies a “disability” in the context of air […]

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